Here are some interesting Mold-A-Rama sales and news related items...
Thanks to Jim Irwin we have this REALLY COOL newspaper clipping to share.
L.A. Times Article from Oct 1962 about Mold-A-Rama JPG
The following photo, letter, business card, (and an operations manual that's now located here) were my first big Mold-A-Rama find on eBay back in 98-99-ish!
In the following letter you can see the salesman Jack B.
Heskett is pitching the machine to a now defunct amusement park for operation.
Here's a link to the Defunct Amusement Parks page about this particular park.
Frontier Village Amusement Park (defunct) in San Jose, CA
Here is a fansite as well.
Frontier Village Main Gate
The salesman's business card.
Over the years I've inquired of many people as to whether the machine in the photo above was in fact ever on location. This included exchanging some emails with the Hollywood Bowl museum, but the current staff were unaware of there ever being a machine on location there. Finally in 2004 I came across the Hollywood Bowl mold in the photo below; and only recently did Tom Irwin confirm this fact "The Hollywood bowl machine was in an enclosure just deep enough for the machine with a roll up door that got closed every night, except for concert nights. It was across from and facing the gift shop. Best regards, Tom"
Big thanks again for this info Tom!
This next news article and accompanying two photos are part of
the only professionally produced original sales ad/slick I've ever come across
for a Mold-A-Rama. When I purchased it I quizzed the seller on their
knowledge of its history.... "noticed your other question. I bought a whole
group of items from a man who must have thought about starting an amusement park
or something. because he had just a whole bunch of papers like this. I think it
was in the late 1950s.he was from the Gettysburg area and I think that's where
he was contemplating starting the business. but he apparently didn't, because I
never heard of one there, except for one that was there a lot earlier than the
Cincinnati Post & Times-Star article from Nov 1962 PDF
The next few were purchased from Jim Irwin a number of years ago and unlike the flyer above they are actual photos printed on Kodak paper much like the Hollywood Bowl machine photo but have the satin finish (but the color has not survived as well though.)
This one is an odd and luckily find from a Teen Beat back in
February 1978 of Jimmy Baio. The machine is at Mann's Chinese Theatre and
it appears to be the pagoda one. (I'm sure more unfound items like this out
there!!!) And Tom Irwin was again able to share some information about
them... "The Chinese theater machines were inside the courtyard, one on the
right and one on the left as you walked into the courtyard, facing the theater
itself. They were next to the courtyard facing doors for the 2 souvenir shops.
*You can see them in some older movies and TV shows, The pagoda product was on
the set of General Hospital for awhile during the series period of Luke and
Laura's wedding and afterwards on their fireplace mantle (there may have been a
scene of them making it on their honeymoon, I remember them using the courtyard
for shooting a scene)." Thanks again Tom!
Any further help with media sightings, news, TV, or otherwise to share would be greatly appreciated (with proper credit be given of course.)
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