MOLD-A-RAMA (moldarama) machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago. MOLD-A-RAMA machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago.
Experience the souvenir fun of the 60s & 70s again, for the first time...
(MOLDVILLE is not affiliated with Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Chicago, IL nor with the 1960s company Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Los Angeles, original operator of the "Disneyland Toy Factory.")
his machine is a beauty. It has the original red/yellow deck with original Disney posed wire figures in various positions about deck, e.g., pushing the mold halves closed, riding the dispensing shovel, pointing to the finished figure, etc. The original RED Disney delivery door is beautifully intact over the delivery box.
This particular machine was built just before the '64 NY World's Fair, and was last used in 1976. When retired it was producing Pluto Disney figures, the Pluto mold being on the machine and some original old-wax Pluto figures being found strewn about inside the machine.
The MOLDVILLE Mold-A-Rama machine has many, many, many original molds with it. (Not the wax figures;I'm talking about the aluminum mold halves themselves that push together to make the MAR figures.)
For those inquiring minds, the best information is that the Disneyland Toy Factory Mold-A-Rama machines were NOT ever at Disneyland. But they most certainly WERE at the 1964 New York World's Fair, used to mold various Disney characters, and of course the '64 NY World's Fair symbol- the UNISPHERE!
Question is: What to do with this vintage, beautiful, all-original, operating machine?
While this thought can change depending upon interest, the initial idea is to make figures for those interested, change the mold each week, and offer a 'subscription' for a years' worth of figures. That would be 52 figures, perhaps shipped monthly, including some otherwise commonly seen figures, some not-so-commonly seen figures, and most importantly some EXTREMELY RARELY SEEN figures. While the exact figures to be molded will not be disclosed ahead of time, the rarest molds to be used include molds used at:
'62 World's Fair in SEATTLE
'64 World's Fair in NEW YORK
'67 EXPO in MONTREAL
Mann's Chinese Theatre in HOLLYWOOD at movie premiers
Each week, on Moldville Mondays, I hope to post a VIDEO clip of the Moldville Mold-A-Rama making that week's featured figure. All those who are subscribed will receive that figure (and subsequent figures). To provide incentive to subscribe beforehand and not wait until a desirable ultra-rare figure is announced, each new figure will be molded only for those who are already subscribed-and only one per subscription. I hope to provide the look and feel-and excitement-of discovering a Mold-A-Rama machine and the magical figure it brings to life.
If/when I get REALLY up to speed (and gain sufficient interest), I may provide some original AUDIO tracks from the Mold-A-Rama machines circa 1960s. This audio was output from a tape player either as an 'attract' mode to randomly attract a passerby, or continuously.
The Moldville Mold-A-Rama is based in Washington, DC, in a location probably 500+ miles from the closest operating Mold-A-Rama machine.
Please, PASS THE WORD! Let me have your thoughts at MoldvilleMoldarama@gmail.com. The more interest there is, the more likely this is to happen! And soon!
The subscription price is looking like it will be set at a mere $5 per week (plus nominal monthly shipping.) Remember, you'll want to subscribe quickly and not miss out on any Moldville Mondays. I plan to start with a bang! If you miss any given week because you haven't yet subscribed, you will have missed your opportunity to own that week’s figure, which very well may have been one of the many extremely rare figure
Wow - this week I have LITTLE to say about the weekly reissued souvenir (that's saying something for a patent lawyer!) But not because there isn't much to say about the COCKATOO, but because we are not certain as to its original use!
We've whittled down the likely possibilities to any one of four locations (perhaps in this order of possibility): (1) PARROT JUNGLE, Florida; (2) FLORIDA TURNPIKE; (3) The 2nd year of the NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR at the FLORIDA PAVILION; or (4) BUSCH GARDENS, Florida.
If you know where the COCKATOO was used back in the mid-1960s PLEASE email MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com to let us know!
PARROT JUNGLE was a zoological park located south of Miami, founded in 1936. PARROT JUNGLE is perhaps by elimination the most likely location that the COCKATOO
was custom made for. But right now it's just a guess - I have no
evidence. There WERE machines located at PARROT JUNGLE long ago though,
and at least at a later time the COCKATOO was vended there. Perhaps it was back in 1965 as well. (Full disclosure: that is my mom on the right, and my grandmother in the photo on the left!)
I have no information that the COCKATOO was even run at a FLORIDA TURNPIKE location. But it just seems like a possibility.
While the Florida Pavilion of the 1965 New York World's Fair seems like a
good possiblity, I know of no COCKATOO with such engraving. Also, the
moldset numbering at 1164 places it a bit late in 1965 (if not 1966). It should be noted that the PARROT JUNGLE took its trained COCKATOO to the New York World's Fair. But my fantastic friend who worked for Mold-A-Rama at the New York
World's Fair tells me that he didn't see the COCKATOO at the Florida
Pavilion (or anywhere at the NYWF). (He DID say that the ALLIGATOR was
run at the Florida Pavilion though!) As a result, I think it's probably
UNlikely that the COCKATOO was originally vended at the NYWF.
There are known vintage COCKATOO molds with a fancy, original-seeming engraving from Busch Gardens, but it is believed that the mold machines weren't installed at Busch Gardens until the late 1960s-early 1970s.
The COCKATOO moldset is numbered 1164, which places it in 1965, but almost late in 1965. The COCKATOO that Club-A-Rama members will receive is engraved "TAMPA LOWRY PARK ZOO". The COCKATOO has also been run at Sunken Gardens, and at Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
Do you have an originally engraved COCKATOO from amny of these locations? If so, please send a photo of it to MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com!
Disclaimers: The color and/or exact condition of the MOLD you get in the CLUB-A-RAMA may or may not be as shown. Not for children under 3.