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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama Week 44:


 

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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

LIBERTY BELL

1964


In honor of our Nation's birthday, MOLDVILLE.com is proud to reissue the small LIBERTY BELL!

Owned by the city of Philadelphia, the LIBERTY BELL originally hung in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall).  It was commissioned from the London firm of Lester and Pack in 1752, and is cast with the lettering (part of Leviticus 25:10) "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It originally cracked when first rung after arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose names appear on the bell. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.


This is a vintage large LIBERTY BELL on the left next to a reissued small LIBERTY BELL on the right.  The large LIBERTY BELL, at 4" high, is only 1/4" taller than the small LIBERTY BELL.  Club-A-Rama members will receive a reissued small LIBERTY BELL.


There's a replica recast of the LIBERTY BELL at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld.


The display window on the left side of the early style machine (MODEL 688) is quite shallow at about 2" or so deep.  (The window on the right is even more so but was intended to display a written sign.)  You can see in the photo at left that the small Liberty Bell doesn't even fit in the window (it's being crushed behind the plexi.)  So we can be sure that the Liberty Bell wasn't vended from an early style machine!  The later style machine (MODEL 688-A) first made in mid-1963 has a much deeper display window (more like 5" deep) with a rotating pedestal.



 


 

Here is some home movie footage I discovered from the 1965 New York Worlds Fair of "Pennsylvania's LIBERTY BELL Exhibit".  Makes me wonder if the LIBERTY BELL moldset originated for use at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair?


Now I REALLY don't know what to make of this.  The large LIBERTY BELL was made first, in 1963, and was numbered 1066.  Then the small LIBERTY BELL was made later, in early 1964, together with the wave of presidents busts made in anticipation of their use at the Illinois Pavilion's ONE NATION UNDER GOD show at the 1964 New York World's Fair (See discussion in WEEK 24 writeup with respect to the LINCOLN BUST.)  Does that mean the LIBERTY BELL was first used at the 1964 New York World's Fair?  Please email if you can confirm.

In a little bit of a mystery, the small LIBERTY BELL was numbered 1108.  As you can see above, the numbering of the small LIBERTY BELL was initially casted as 1066 but then crossed out and hand stamped with the correct numbering of 1108.  I'm at a loss as to what we can infer from the renumbering after the small LIBERTY BELL was cast? 


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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