Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sinclair Life-Size Dinosaurs!

The Sinclair Oil Company sponsored a display of life-sized dinosaurs at the 1964-5 World's Fair. After the Fair, they sent the dinos on the road. The pics below are of me at the stop they made in Des Moines, Iowa. My father was kind enough to make the drive from our home in Muscatine, so that I could see the display. That's pre-teen me posing in all the pics. I included a blow-up detail of me in the first picture, so you can see the Mold-A-Rama stegosaurus I'm holding. As I recall, it was still cooling from the molding process -- fresh from the machine. I dug out these photos at the request of my fellow dino-obsessed pal, Martin Powell -- whose dad -- at another stop of the cross country tour -- took him to see them, too.


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Charles R. Rutledge said...

Terry, you just solved a mystery for me. I had a vague memory of going to see some life size dinosaurs when I was very young AND of getting a plastic dinosaur, still warm, out of a machine. My dad took me but he has no memory of it now. And there you are at the same show. (Though mine would have been in Georgia.) So thanks very much for the post. said...

Great photos of the Sinclair Stegasaurus!! I have been lucky enough to have located an original MOLD-A-RAMA machine that was used at the 1964-65 NY World's Fair, and later was mounted to a trailer that would be brought to fairs in the Michigan/Ohio corridor.

Please check out my webpage

The machine is now, once again, FULLY FUNCTIONAL, and I plan on giving it a new life by having it mold one-figure-a-week, for a full YEAR. 52 original MOLD-A-RAMA figures for a mere $5 a week.