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Can you ID this EM? (tough)


By coop

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

This is a photo I found me playing pinball. I'm guessing the year is around 1978(ish). About 6 months ago I thought I would get all nostalgic and find the actual pin on IPDB. The apron got me close so I thought I would get it but couldn't seem to find a match to the out lane graphics. I know this is seriously tough as hell but technically there's enough there to make a match.

I just stumbled on the photo again so I thought I'd reach out to you guys to see if anyone could figure it out.

Thanks

Coop

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#2 1 year ago

Well I can already narrow it down to a 1970's Gottlieb e-m type machine.
I say that in part due to the Gottlieb apron, and 3" long flippers.
I've got a good idea, but gonna do some checking first.

#3 1 year ago

Great picture of playing pinball back in the 70's.

I'm gonna say it is a 1972 Gottlieb Flying Carpet.

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinball-is-great:

Great picture of playing pinball back in the 70's.
I'm gonna say it is a 1972 Gottlieb Flying Carpet.

Nailed it

Ok, that was amazingly fast. Good grief. I was searching IPDB for hours lol!

Thanks!

#5 1 year ago

Ok, so now let's id the Midway machine with the baseballs artwork along the siderail.

I'm not gonna be any help with that one.
Do you think it is a pitch-n-bat game, or a regular pinball machine?

#6 1 year ago

1956 Bally Skill Roll too. Where was this? And who's the guy with the groovy threads? Dad? Awesome pic.

#7 1 year ago

This is rare to see a photo of someone playing an EM pinball machine back in 1978. I remember back then when most of the EM machines in arcades were not being played and just collecting dust. As soon as the SS pinball machines were introduced around 1977, most players gave up on the EM machines and started playing SS machines exclusively. Around 1979-80 most arcades and operators were selling off their EM machines for like $50-$200 each. Amazing how quickly EM machines disappeared from arcades back then...

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from jeffc:

1956 Bally Skill Roll too. Where was this? And who's the guy with the groovy threads? Dad? Awesome pic.

This was at The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. Mr. Groovy was my mother's boyfriend Julien. He grew up in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. After surviving WWII as a boy his family moved to the South of France where he learned how to cook. In the 60's he immigrated to the US and became a chef. For a while, he was the head chef at the original Trader Vics in San Francisco during its heyday. Later he became the first head of food and beverage at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles which is where he met my mom. They were together for 5 years. He passed in the 80s. His accordion playing was amazing.

#9 1 year ago

That's a great picture coop. Thanks for posting a memory of yours. I wish I had some pics like that from back in the day.

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinball-is-great:

Ok, so now let's id the Midway machine with the baseballs artwork along the siderail.

Fun Ball

http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=962&picno=10723

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