Dinosaurs are Great for Rings and Things!

Submitted by Mod Betty RetroRoadmap.com January 26th, 2012
Certifikitsch Winner

Ask and ye shall receive!

I’ve been using this Moldarama dinosaur to hold my rings when I do the dishes ever since we got married (coming up on 10 years!)

He’s a wonderful alternative to the fancy crystal ring keepers I used to see when I worked in home furnishings retail. Crystal & me? Hardly! More like Melamine – or Fiestaware in this case :-)

I was so excited to get this dinosaur, as we made him from a Moldarama machine at the Field Museum in Chicago, and I had not seen one of these machines since a school field trip visit to a science musuem outside of Worcester MA back in the 1970’s.

At that time I didn’t have enough money to make a dinosaur of my own, and making this guy years later helped mend that sad hole in my personal history. Also it’s a fond remembrance of the roadtrip I took with “Retro Roadhusband” less than a month before we got married- we drove all the way from the Delaware beaches to Chicago, and had a great time in the windy city!

Moldaramas are usually pretty pliable when you first make them, but since this guy is almost 10 he’s a bit brittle and I was so sad when he hopped off his perch above the sink recently and his base cracked into pieces. I did manage to glue him together, but now I see he needs a bit of a “prehistoric pedicure” to get the extra glue out from between his dino-toes!

8 Responses to “Dinosaurs are Great for Rings and Things!”

    • Mod Betty RetroRoadmap.com

      Oh I’ve got total Mold-A-Rama Envy/Fever now! Was just thinking today that someone should make a “MAR” map so we know where to look for ’em. Perhaps that will be a new category on RetroRoadmap.com!

      In other interesting news, I was organizing my Kitschenette photos over at my Flickr site and notice I had taken almost the EXACT same photo of my dino, almost exactly a year ago today, with rings around his neck and everything. Too funny!


      I can now narrow it down that he fell to his damage in 2011.

  1. Douglas Wood

    Your post brought back pleasant memories of my youth. I was born and raised in Chicago and had many field trips (no pun intended) to the Field Museum. I had one of these dinos at one time.

    • Mod Betty RetroRoadmap.com

      That’s so cool that it brings back memories for you – it does for me too! Not only does it remind me of the way cool visit we had to Chicago, but it totally reminds me of the Sinclair gas station dinosaur. I actually never remember seeing the stations themselves, but I have a memory of my grandfather giving me a plastic bank almost just like this green guy, and also the childrens section of the public library in the town where I grew up had a big glittery dinosaur from them on top of the book cases in the kids section. I always wondered what happened to that. Isn’t it neat how a little something can bring back a flood of memories! I think that’s why I love souvenirs so much!