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 Funfare 35 in November 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 six models featured in Spick 127 in April 1964, no fewer than five were Bearsden girls.
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 February 1961 and May 1962 – all worn by Scottish girls and, with a high degree of probability, all photographed by Fullarton. Janette may have been the very first 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 pretty girl and was also said to have been second cousin to Diana Dors, the blonde bombshell of the 1950s.
Personal Details – Born 1942 36-22-36
Appearances – 39, debut Funfare 35 (November 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
Funfare – 35, 36, 37, 41(bc), 42