vintage Mold-a-Rama machine of the sort millions of Fairgoers
used to build their very own souvenir from Sinclair's Dinoland.
© 2007 Replication Devices
Their popularity is indisputable.
Collectors call them Sinclair Dinoland Waxy-Plastic Dinosaurs.
The real name for these injection-molded dinosaurs are Mold-a-Ramas.
According to Replication Devices of Tampa, Florida, the company that still manufactures
and sells the do-it-yourself plastic injection machines that
made them, Mold-a-Ramas have been in existence since the early
1960s, starting at the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair and, afterward,
traveling the country to various Sinclair Oil Company Gas Stations
that hosted the post-Fair traveling exhibit of Sinclair Dinoland.
The Mold-a-Rama dinosaurs
were a wonderful and affordable souvenir of the Fair.
Then, like now, every kid had a fascination with dinosaurs. And
at only 25c a model, kids could take home a souvenir from Dinoland
that they made as they watched and yet was easy on mom and dad's
World's Fair budget!
A note to collectors: Mold-a-Rama
dinosaurs produced at the Fair bear the inscription "1964-1965
New York World's Fair." Mold-a-Rama Sinclair Dinoland dinosaurs
continued to be produced after the Fair, but these do
not have the World's Fair inscription.