Created on 06-15-2020
~ I don’t know if anyone knows who did the artwork on the Bingos ~
Comment from the "pinballstore " on Bally's Gayety: "General Information about Gayety Bingo: I think the art is by George Molentin.
Manufactured by Bally in 1954 or 1955."
Based upon a little more research, following pinball dates attributed to George,
this is the based picture I can paint of his employment history:
Rock-ola Mfg Corp -
from April 1935 to Sept 1935
Now in two of the Tom Arnold Bingorilla Videos he discusses Bally bingos and the artists behind them based upon his expertise, which we have
to give considerable weight, based upon the vast numbers of machines he has and his interaction with the pinball world. In the first video he is
demonstrating the 1955 Crosswords and says without hesitation, the work is George Molentin. In the second video he is showing off the 1977
Miss America Deluxe and says him and his buddy are undecided, between Paul Ferris and Christian who obviously didn’t make Fagan’s list above
who speaks in regards to the bulk of the electro-mechanicals. So all-in-all my listed “employee dates” above are both meaningless and helpful
in establishing the artists. Helpful in demonstrating that these guys were getting around and over-lapping commitments.
Now as you have seen me mention, things started changing at Bally in 1960 – Don Hooker was gone or leaving in the next two years and the
artwork also seemed to start changing up along with the lull in designs. The Fun & Barrel games came out and had the “large smooth babes” but
CanCan, Lido, and the other Magic Screen games seemed to show a distinct difference in the ladies from the earlier generation games – Both a
bit smaller and less-sophisticated group of gals. By the time the Wall-Street style and 20-Hole Special games appeared, the Vargas-Style work
was gone all together, never to be replaced. Orient and London had cool artwork that showed detail of an advanced artist, but…
Would love to have additional facts - Anyone?
…by design, Bingo Pinballs`
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