Frances Mahr and Van Olkon
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.
     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    
     Perhaps the most notable 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.
Early newspaper photo showing Minnesota workshop with: (left to right) Frances Mahr, Lenore Sigfridson and Florence Michaud.
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
Children viewing display at Anirama in Florida
pre-war sales volume, and Olkon turned to the amusement 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 an interest in the tourism 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". Locating
at Biscayne Boulevard and 123rd Street in North Miami, he constructed a diverse selection 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 mounted in a forty-foot Fruehauf trailer. He successfully toured the attraction on the Royal American Shows railroad carnival, faring particularly well in Canada. He was accompanied by his son Ken and young daughter Diane. Ken, then recently discharged from the Air Force, handled the truck driving. Van also operated two other trailers featuring fright-oriented walk-through attractions, one of which contained built-in living quarters.

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