Olkon candidly admitted that he did very little artistic or mechanical work himself, but relied on hired sculptors and machine workers to construct the figures that he conceived. Among those employees were a number of women artisans, such as Frances Mahr and Florence Michaud who did scupting and painting.
Frances Mahr and Van Olkon
     With the coming of World War II, wax became a restricted material and the company supplemented its product line by making prostheses for veterans and cardboard packaging. But the end of the war brought with it a different era that signaled change for Animated Display Creators. Entering the 1950's, advertising budgets were being directed away from window displays and toward the new promotional medium of television. The advertising display business would never recover its pre-war sales volume, and
     But perhaps the most significant member of his team was Lenore Sigfridson, whom Olkon hired in 1944. A Minnesota native born in 1895, Sigfridson taught for many years in rural schools throughout the state. During World War II, she was a welding inspector in a munitions plant in New Brighton, MN. Although she had no artistic training when Olkon hired her, she demonstrated great creative skill and versatility, soon becoming his production supervisor. It was Sigfridson who designed and produced the colorful array of costumes worn by the animated characters, and who also covered the many animal figures in rayon plush fur.
Early newspaper photo showing Minnesota workshop with: (left to right) Frances Mahr, Lenore Sigfridson and Florence Michaud.
Olkon turned to the amusement park industry as a market for displays.In addition to a shift in the product line, he also began exploring other avenues of trade for the company. Having a long-held interest in the entertainment industry, he decided to enter it, beginning with a relocation of ADC to Florida in 1956 where he opened "Anirama", a museum of animation in (as he later described it) "a part of Biscayne that was nothing but weeds".
Children viewing one of the displays at Anirama in Florida
Here he constructed a number of animated dioramas of fairy tales, jungle and circus scenes, including an exhibit of his antique toy collection. Although the attraction was entertaining and impressive, the location would prove to be a miscalculation, failing to connect with a significant flow of tourists. After struggling for a couple of years, Olkon closed the operation and decided to take to the road and become part of the carnival industry. He created a show called "Dungeon of Torture", a miniature animated spectacle of medieval torture which was mounted in a forty-foot Fruehauf trailer. Olkon toured the attraction on the Royal American Shows railroad carnival. He was accompanied by his son Ken who had been recently discharged from the Air Force, and his young daughter Diane. He also had two additional trailers featuring walk-through attractions, one of which also contained built-in living quarters.