Janette was a cute, blonde fashion model from Bearsden, just outside Glasgow. Although, it has proved impossible to find very much about her, she occupies a special alcove in the ToCo Hall of Fame. She was one of the first Scottish girls to appear in the titles, making her debut in 66-60 in October 1960, two or three years before the company was acquired by Fullerton & Lloyd in Bearsden.
The other Bearsden girls all appeared in an 18-month tsunami of suspenders that flooded the ToCo magazines from early 1963. Of the eight models featured in Spick 127 in April 1964, no fewer than five were Bearsden girls. Janette was one such success, though for some peculiar reason, after modelling for ToCo for five years, somebody decided to shorten her name – and in her last three appearances she was known as Janet.
The photography in those early mags is much more camera club than pro and the situations depicted were to pave the way for photographer Fullarton’s rather ludicrous form of creativity. Even in June 1961, before the Bearsden stable existed as such, Janette appeared in Funfare 42 sporting a hockey stick and wearing a gymslip from the 1920s, and what was to become almost a thumbprint of Fullarton photos – directoire knickers. They were first seen in all three main titles (and Funfare) between May 1959 and July 1960. Janette may have been the very first Bearsden girl to be persuaded to put on what she would almost certainly have regarded as her granny’s passion killers.
She did a couple of equally silly shoots with raven haired compatriot Mary Graham in addition to her solo sessions. But Janette was unquestionably a very bonny lass and was also said to have been second cousin to Diana Dors, the blonde bombshell of the 1950s.
The only time she is seen (so far) in a mag other than one of ToCo’s was an unidentified edition of Charm magazine. But as she is wearing the same polka dot dress she wore in Span 76 and Spick Extra 13, we can surmise that mag is from late 1960 or early 1961.
Personal Details – Born 1942 36-22-36
Appearances – 40, (6 covers, 3 back covers), debut cover of 66-60 (October 1960)
Spick – 86, 87, 88, 90, 100, 106, 117, 119, 139, 157, 249(bc), X13, X14
Span – 76, 86, 92, 94, 101, 103, 108, 131
Beautiful Britons – 63, 69, 74, 89, 90, 98, 101
Spick & Span Extra – 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11
66 – 60
Funfare – 35, 36, 37, 41(bc), 42