What? The Mold-A-Rama, Inc. machine of the early 60s had AUDIO?
D-A-RAMA company in 1963, painstakingly preserved and restored in its original form, inside and out, is about to come online by MOLDVILLE.
This 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 figures.
Turns out, for a short time in 1962 or so, apparently they did!
An original 1962 era AUDIO loop tape from a machine made by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. (similar to an 8-track tape, but well before that was invented.) As described in the Nov. 16, 1962 Cincinnati Post article found and posted by www.billyseven.net (great article!) "Eventually, all the machines will be supplied with a double-track sound tape that will periodically explain to passersby what the machine is all about and, when the coin is inserted, add a few space age sound effects." Stay tuned . . . I've digitized the tapes . . .
Check out all surviving vintage audio tracks for the MOLD-A-RAMA machine by clicking HERE - courtesy of your friends at MOLDVILLE.com!
Note the switch controls on the right side of the machine for "ALL SOUND" on/off, and "SOUND, ONE TRACK" on/off. "All sound" likely enabled both tracks on the tape wherein from a first track, when the Mold-A-Rama machine is not actively molding a figure following the drop of a quarter, the audio periodically explained to passersby what the machine is all about. Then, when the quarter is dropped, the audio likely switched to output the space sounds during the duration of the molding process. "Sound, One Track" may have disabled the attract-mode, meaning that the machine didn't periodically explain to passersby (audio from one track), but still played the audio on the 2nd track (i.e., the space sounds) during the 33 seconds of mold operation.