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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama Week 26:


 

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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

FRIENDSHIP AIRPORT

December 1963

Baltimore, Maryland


This week MOLDVILLE reissues yet another extremely rare souvenir mold from half a century ago - the FRIENDSHIP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in Baltimore, Maryland!  The Friendship International Airport replaced the Dundalk Airport in Eastern Baltimore City.  When Friendship Airport opened in 1950, it was said to have cost $15M, to be four times larger than New York's La Guardia Airport, and to be five times larger than Washington, DC's National Airport.




Friendship Airport, in Anne Arundel County, just south of Baltimore City, got its name from the Friendship Methodist Church that had stood on the site.  The early days were not good for the airport as traffic was not quite what officials had expected.  But with the advent of jet planes such as the DC8, the 707, and the 727, Friendship Airport's success grew.





By 1963, Friendship International Airport boasted of a 9,450' runway, which could handle any jet at the time.  For years the airport was owned and operated by the City of Baltimore, with 145 municipal employees and 1,400 employees.  In 1963 there were 150 daily flights, 11 airlines and 19 gates available.


This postcard of Friendship International Airport is from 1966.  Remember the days when you waited outside your plane?  Me either!




The entire building depicted in the 1963 souvenir from Mold-A-Rama contained three piers and three levels.  It was torn down in 1973, and replaced by the renamed Baltimore-Washington International Airport, which was built over the same site.  Nothing remains today of the original Friendship Airport building.

In 2005 it was renamed again to "Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport."


Friendship International Airport was used as a backdrop in the Academy Award Winning 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger", and thus this week's 'mood' video:

 



I was having trouble getting a good picture of the engravings across the top and bottom of the FRIENDSHIP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT souvenir with my iPhone, so I ran one in green where I think the engraving shows up better for the photo op.  At the top of the main building it says: "SERVING BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON" and across the bottom it says "FRIENDSHIP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT."


The FRIENDSHIP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT moldset is solidly dated to December 1963, as it is numbered immediately following the LYNDON JOHNSON presidential bust moldset - which was apparently rushed into production following JFK's assassination in anticipation of its use at the start of the the 1964 New York World's Fair (see the discussion in Week 24 about the LINCOLN BUST.)


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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If YOU would like to own this very moldset (and perhaps even include a fully operating MOLDVILLE machine to go with it) so you can reissue your own souvenirs from 50 years ago, please email MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com TODAY - before someone else beats you to it!



 


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