Meet the People Keeping Mold-a-Rama Alive

These retro machines, which make plastic souvenirs right before your eyes, are as popular as ever.

IN 1971, SICK OF WORKING in middle management in Chicago, William Jones purchased a number of Mold-A-Rama vending machines on a whim. He knew nothing about the technology, which produces injection molded plastic figures, and didn’t understand its appeal, but saw the purchase as an opportunity to do something …