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Birth of a Paleo-Plastic Dinosaur

By Prescott Carlson in Miscellaneous on Oct 23, 2010 3:40PM

Anybody under the age of 50 knows that a Mold-A-Rama isn't a spore museum, but rather blow-molding machines that have fascinated area children since they were first introduced in the 1960s. Today's Sun-Times takes an in depth look at the machines -- currently residing at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Brookfield Zoo -- and the Jones' family business that keeps the Mold-A-Ramas in the area alive. Because once they're gone, they're gone for good -- as Paul Jones tells the paper, "No one [today] is going to build $50,000 machines to earn back $2 at a time."

Reading the article made us feel all nostalgic so we rooted around and found this video of the "birth" of an Apatosaurus at the Field and his adventure to Washington, D.C. Enjoy. (Bonus linkage: Moldaramaville)