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What game has a girl in a yellow bathing suit? (Updated 9/13)

By chiefbrody

7 months ago

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  • Latest reply 7 months ago by wiredoug
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    #1 7 months ago

    Hi folks -

    My dad taught me the enjoyment of pinball in the 1970's - I was a teenager and he was recently retired USAF, I was staying with him for a few months at his little house in Panama City Beach where we would walk to the local arcade with a few quarters in hand. He would pick a machine, drop a coin, and within a few minutes I would hear the POP of games being won. Once he had built up a few credits, I would get to play - a terrific way to spend a summer.

    He turns 80 in October - still in decent physical health and his mind is clear for which we are all grateful. Still enjoys pinball, and even though he is in North Carolina and I'm in Texas, we've managed to stay connected in some ways through pinball. I've had a few friends from here travel to Asheville and go play with him, and he's been here to play at our local spots.

    So - backstory complete, he has asked several times over the last few years about a machine he remembers playing back in the 70's that was his favorite - it featured a lady in a yellow bathing suit on the cover. I know - not a lot to go on, but he's 80, so I'm proud of him for remembering that much. I'd like to figure out which machine it was - maybe get him a backglass or something featuring that machine - but first I need to figure out which one it was.

    Any clues are appreciated - at this point you know what I know - probably 1978 or earlier, likely made in the 70's - and the girl would be prominent on the backglass, but not necessarily the only thing.

    thanks - and if we figure it out, I'll post what we do for his birthday.

    #2 7 months ago

    Not the 70s, but prior to that you might find quite a few bathing suits of all colors.

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    #3 7 months ago

    There are plenty of pins with the primary women is drawn in red, orange, green, and red & white swim suits. If it could be narrowed down to if it was a Bingo Game or a EM Flipper pin. That might help.

    1967 Gottlieb 'Surf Side'. Has 1 women sitting on a dock wearing a yellow outfit, there are also other women on the backglass,

    #4 7 months ago

    Here's a couple of possibilities. Darcy just mentioned Surf Side. Majorettes has a prominent figure in yellow although not really a bathing suit.

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    #5 7 months ago


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    #6 7 months ago

    Try searching IPDB for the following titles as a start...

    Bally Bikini
    Bally Beauty Contest
    Bally Laguna Beach
    Gottlieb Cover Girl
    Gottlieb Aquarius
    Gottlieb Paradise
    Gottlieb Sea Side or Surf Side
    Gottlieb World Beauties
    Williams Tropic Fun or Gulfstream
    Williams Reserve

    #7 7 months ago

    I'm thinking the time has come for the yellow bathing suit to make a pinball comeback. Surprised it's taking them so long.

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    #8 7 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I'm thinking the time has come for the yellow bathing suit to make a pinball comeback. Surprised it's taking them so long.[quoted image]

    That looks like an eye patch

    #9 7 months ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    That looks like an eye patch

    I know. These are about the only bathing suits that would be PC enough for today's pinball world.

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    #10 7 months ago

    The girls on the backglass on Chicago Count's Gin as well as William's Black Gold have some yellow.

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    #11 7 months ago

    It would be very helpful for chiefbrody's dad if we all post backglass pictures in this thread (not just titles) so he can easily scroll throug and find THE ONE!

    #12 7 months ago

    I'm guessing 'Surf Side'! She's hot and the game looks like fun!

    Great thread. Looking forward to hearing dad's recollection!

    #13 7 months ago

    Beach Club:
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    #14 7 months ago
    Quoted from OTTOgd:

    I'm guessing 'Surf Side'! She's hot and the game looks like fun!

    She looks even hotter sitting next to the lady in the green bathing suit.

    #15 7 months ago

    Was your dad one of the cool dads?

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    #16 7 months ago

    If it was a Gottlieb there's a comprehensive list here:


    #17 7 months ago
    #18 7 months ago

    What a tremendous response - thanks to everyone, especially those that took the time to post pictures.

    I'm working on getting these in front of my dad to see if one triggers his memory - if it is one of these (or if we figure out which one it was some other way) I will post the result on here. His birthday party is late October -

    again - thank you folks.

    #19 7 months ago

    not a bathing suit but lots of yellow and the girl is def prominent

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    #20 7 months ago

    Could it be a 1976 Gottlieb Surfer?

    #21 7 months ago

    Nope. The girl on that is wearing a red and white striped Bikini.surfer_1 (resized).jpg

    #22 7 months ago

    So here is an update:
    tonight I talked to the Old Man - he lives in Asheville, so sort of in the line of the hurricane, but he lives on the side of a mountain, and isn't too worried. Plus he's almost 80 - so he's not too worried...

    I told him about my pinball friends that were trying to find the pinball machine he used to play, he told he he always liked pinball players....and he remembered a couple of details that I'm relaying them here. I've looked at the suggestions posted so far, and I don't see the match - so I'm hoping that the addition of the details may jog someone's memory.

    Detail 1 - he's pretty sure it was an EM (think's he remembers the credit being a black number on a white background) not a big surprise considering timing;
    Detail 2 - he's almost certain the lady was wearing a full size bathing suit - not a bikini; and most telling
    Detail 3 - he remembered that on the left side of the playfield there was a slot or lane (not sure what to call it) where you could hit the ball, either backhand from the left flipper or from the right flipper and if the ball went all the way up, you could score good points - maybe collect bonus, he wasn't sure about what the reward was, but that was one of the keys to scoring free games (which I do remember he was very good at).

    so that's what I've got folks - to recap - was a game in an arcade on the Panama City Beach in the mid 1970's - so probably late 60's to mid 70's. Had a lady in a yellow full size bathing suit, and the lane or slot on the left side of the playfield. Thanks in advance detectives! If someone on here figures this out, I will find some way to reward you.


    #23 7 months ago

    Yellow skirt

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    #24 7 months ago

    I love these kind of threads

    Makes me feel like a detective.

    #26 7 months ago

    Bottom part is yellow..

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    #27 7 months ago

    Damn, I feel this is getting harder now

    #28 7 months ago

    (wild long shot) show him gtb dragon? might have the color wrong

    #29 7 months ago

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    #30 7 months ago

    Centigrade 37 maybe. Has a girl with a yellow wetsuit maybe and bonus scoring lanes on the right though. Could be brain fog

    #31 7 months ago

    This ticks the boxes.


    Bathing suit/bikini - that could be remembered as yellow.

    3 flippers - could ask if he remembers how many flippers? Size etc..

    And it has the key shot from left and right flipper to get special etc.
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    #32 7 months ago
    Quoted from wiredoug:

    (wild long shot) show him gtb dragon? might have the color wrong

    The ladies outfit is red on dragon.image-5 (resized).jpg

    #33 7 months ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    The ladies outfit is red on dragon.[quoted image]

    of course it is .. like i said .. "might have the color wrong"?

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