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.

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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.")

Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 24


 

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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

COWBOY with MONEY BAG


Late 1960s

FLORIDALAND, Osprey, FL (believed)


The COWBOY WITH MONEY BAG is a vintage modification of the moldset originally made for Fun-Tier Land, Playland At The Beach, San Francisco, CA (see week 37 of v1.0 of the Club-A-Rama).  The moldset was modified in the late 1960s or so to change the gun in his right hand to a money bag, probably by the original Mold-A-Rama company.  And based on the engraving on a vintage figure (that is yet to be re-found in a storage barn) it is believed to have been originally modified for use at FLORIDALAND in Osprey, FL.



FLORIDALAND was a short-lived, somewhat low-budget, theme park that opened to the public in the pre-Disney days of 1964.  It tried to be all things to all tourists.  Although the main entrance featured colorful tropical birds, the major attraction was a western town.  Good guys and bad guys shot it out in the street, and can-can dancers strutted their stuff in the western saloon.


 

FLORIDALAND even had a porpoise show, and a petting zoo.




Tourists could ride around the whole park on a tram made to look like a western train.  



 


FLORIDALAND closed their doors soon after Walt Disney World opened in 1971.


 


The COWBOY WITH MONEY BAG moldset is UNnumbered, but is identical to the numbered moldset originally made for FUN-TIER TOWN (which is number 1055, dating to 1963).  The COWBOY WITH MONEY BAG that Club-A-Rama members will receive is engraved "DOLLYWOOD" on the front and "PIGEON FORGE TENN" on the backside.


You can see rather clearly where the original "FUN-TIER TOWN" that was emblazened across the top of the original design of this moldset was removed, and where the 2nd gun in the cowboy's right hand was replaced with a money bag.


Do you have an originally engraved COWBOY WITH MONEY BAG?  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.


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