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(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 Week 43:


 

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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

PUMPKIN

1970s Circleville Pumpkin Festival, OH


Sometimes I just have TOO much fun around here in the MOLDVILLE garage!  Once we mixed up a GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ORANGE color, there was no doubt about which mold had to be made.  The problem was - MOLDVILLE didn't own the PUMPKIN!  So even though there are only two existing moldsets of the PUMPKIN -  we spared no expense for CLUB-A-RAMA members and acquired one!  Though it glows orange in the dark, it looks pretty nice in daylight as well:



The PUMPKIN MAR was made by Eldin Irwin in the 1970s for the CIRCLEVILLE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL held annually in Circleville, Ohio.  The original sculpture from which Eldin made the PUMPKIN moldset is shown below!


This unique agricultural exhibit and street fair originated in October 1903, when the Mayor of Circleville conceived the idea of holding a small exhibit in front of his place on West Main St.  Corn fodder and pumpkins (many cut into Jack-O-Lanterns) formed the principal decorations, creating the nickname "The Pumpkin Show."  It is reputedly the 6th largest festival in the US with an annual attendance over four days of more than 300,000 people.  It is also called "The Greatest Free Show on Earth" because no admission or entry fee is charged.  (information courtesy of www.pumpkinshow.com)


The CIRCLEVILLE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL traces its origins to 1903 - below is a postcard from 1910!



 

 

 

The MOLD machines were trailered to Ohio to the Circleville Pumpkin Festival each year.   The actual MOLDVILLE machine itself was one of the Mold machines adapted for being trailered (it has an angle bracket welded at each leg,) and very possibly (if not probably) was itself operated at the Circleville Pumpkin Festival in the early 1970s.  In fact, it's extremely probable given that the license still attached to the MOLDVILLE machine when found was for the state of Ohio!


This 1960s postcard reads on the back:  "A 100,000 pound display of pumpkins, squash and gourds at the Circleville, Ohio Pumpkin Show, "Greatest Free Show on Earth."


 

 

 

 

 

 

They apparently also name a "Miss Pumpkin Show", such as Janet Collins in 1967, said to be appearing before over 250,000 people in attendance (shown here with here guest Mellisa Trout, Sungoddess of the St. Petersburg Fla. Festival.)


Bob Spohn, master pumpkin carver (1980s)



It is believed that the last year that the PUMPKIN MAR was used at the CIRCLEVILLE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL was 1979 (largely because Eldin Irwin had ceased trailering MOLD machines around the midwest by then!)





Truth be told, the PUMPKIN moldset has origins that go back a bit as well.  JH MILLER MFG Co itself (inventor of the MOLD-A-RAMA machines) made pumpkins in the 1940s-50s.


Below are plaster recasts of the originals perfectly made by Miller aficionado KEN GLENNON.


 

This was an early test of the PUMPKIN moldset, temporarily installed without the cooling water lines attached (which you can do for just a couple test figures or so - until the moldset gets too warm without cooling.)


There are only two existing PUMPKIN moldsets - and MOLDVILLE now owns one of them!  It was designed in the 1970s by the immortal Eldin Irwin, who bought his first mold machines directly from Mold-A-Rama starting in the late 1960s.  The engraving originally read "THE PUMPKIN SHOW" (you can see it in the glow image at the top of this page.)  The moldset that MOLDVILLE acquired has the "PUMPKIN" portion of the original engraving surviving.


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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!