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:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 33


 

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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

KITTY BANK

1963

Willow Grove Lanes, at Willow Grove Amusement Park, PA


This week MOLDVILLE Club members get a souvenir made fifty (50) years ago for WILLOW GROVE LANES.  Willow Grove Lanes was a massive bowling alley built in 1961 at the century-old Willow Grove Amusement Park in Pennsylvania, about 15 miles north of Philadelphia. Built by architects Powers, Daly and DeRosa, masters of the 'California-style' bowling center), it was an 800' long "V"-shaped building that took 15 months to build.  The main entrance was highlighted by a solid parabola that swung skyward 116 feet and hovered over a multicolored water fountain situated in a miniature lake.  When you entered the building your eye was drawn to a rotating turntable display of bowling paraphernalia.  (Credit to the book "Diners, Bowling Alleys and Trailer Parks" by Andrew Hurley (2001), and to the Tikiroom.)



We have had extraordinary problems molding the KITTY BANK without them cracking at the crease above the top of the swooping roof line of the bowling alley.  Well, apparently that is nothing new.  Check out the same crack even in the 1963 image of the KITTY BANK from a promotional photo put out by MOLD-A-RAMA (and used in later years by Eldin Irwin) entitled "MOLD-A-RAMA - BANK PROMOTION PROGRAM".  (It was posted previously with the weekly writeup about the BOWLING PIN.)  If yours has this particular crack, well, blame the original designers 50 years ago!   


MOLDVILLE Club members should have lots of money saved by now as there are lots of banks in the lot of souvenirs over the years, and the KITTY BANK is no exception!  The slot at the top says "CUT HERE".  The rest of the engraving reads:

KITTY BANK

WILLOW GROVE LANES

WORLDS LARGEST

EASTON RD. AT MORELAND RD

WILLOW GROVE PARK

PENNSYLVANIA


The KITTY BANK is a moldset that was custom-made for WILLOW GROVE LANES in 1963.


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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