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
1965 New York World's Fair
MOLDVILLE's correspondent who worked for Mold-A-Rama at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair has confirmed that the LARGE DOLPHIN was vended at the Florida Pavilion of the New York World's Fair. And the serial numbering of the moldset dates it to the SECOND year of the fair, 1965. Our former Mold-A-Rama worker tells us that the original LARGE DOLPHIN vended at the NYWF was light blue in color.
The 1965 Official Guide of the New York World's Fair described the Florida Pavilion as a giant orange on a tower, with displays of sunshine living, space tests at Cape Kennedy and a free, live-porpoise show. The Porpoise Show had porpoises and seals performing in a stadium. The porpoises "sang" and played ball; the seals juggled and caught rings. The Florida Pavilion also contained exhibits of fine art, and showed the life, sports and produce of Florida. Elsewhere were a full-sized Florida home and models of other houses.
The engraving on the bottom of the LARGE DOLPHIN that MOLDVILLE Club
members will receive is "FLIPPER MIAMI SEAQUARIUM (R)". Our former
Mold-A-Rama employee who worked at the New York World's Fair tells us
that vintage LARGE DOLPHINs vended at the NYWF said "FLORIDA" in larger
letters on the lower part of the wave. If anyone out there has a
vintage LARGE DOLPHIN from the NYWF that says "FLORIDA" on it, please
please email a photo to MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com and I'll post it
To the right may (or may not be) the front and back halves of the very
LARGE DOLPHIN moldset that formerly had "FLORIDA" in large letters on
it. Interestingly, where the FLORIDA engraving may have been has now
been carved into a base extending to the front and back of the wave.
The two and a half minute film above, owned by the MOLDVILLE archives, was taken in 1965 at the Porpoise Show of the Florida Pavilion of the 1965 New York World's Fair.
The LARGE DOLPHIN moldset, numbered 1156, was made in 1965 for use at the Florida Pavilion in the second year of the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair. It is numbered together with the three large Disney moldsets and standing Lincoln that were all made for the second year (1965) of the New York World's Fair. There were four molds vended at the Florida Pavilion of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair: SAILFISH, LARGE DOLPHIN, LARGE ALLIGATOR, and SEAL!
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.