Have you ever used a Mold-A-Rama machine? It’s a type of vending machine that creates a plastic toy in just seconds.
These machines debuted in the sixties and gained popularity at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. It’s an inexpensive little souvenir that provides entertainment while it’s being made. They can still be found operating in some museums around the country and I encountered this one in Dearborn, Michigan at the Henry Ford Museum. They actually have several of these machines. You can have a bust of Abe Lincoln made or even a Weinermobile (just feet away from a real Weinermobile).
I chose a red 1965 Mustang for the bargain basement price of $2.
They’re kinda smelly when they come out but a fun little souvenir. I’m going to fashion my Mustang into an ornament for my travel tree. Huh. I’ll have tell you about my travel tree someday. . .
Mold-A-Romas are pretty collectible and you can often find them on Ebay but I think the most fun is in actually making one for yourself.