It’s funny how you can take a glimpse at a ToCo model and tell immediately the picture is from the 1950s. June Simpson is such a model; the hair, the style of the photo, the setting, the blurb accompanying the photos, the multi-photo page layouts − and of course the clothes.
June came from Yeovil in Somerset, where she was Carnival Queen in 1956. She was a professional fashion and photographic model – though I don’t think there was that much of the former. She was said to spend her spare time ice skating, dancing and listening to modern jazz.
All this mundane information is what Robin Brewster, pictures editor of the ToCo mags, tells us in that rather twee style mentioned above. The truth is somewhat sleazier; she was one of the models most often used by the most famous glamour photographer of the time – George Harrison Marks. Forget modern jazz and ice skating, June had her kit off more than on, she was shaven (as most of his models had to be for the sort of stuff he was producing) and a regular in nearly all his series of nudie mags, often alongside Pamela Green. Solo No.5 was devoted entirely to her and she also appeared in Kameras No.2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 34 & 35 as well as Kamera Special No.3.
Personal details - 38-24-38
Appearances - 10, debut Span 29 (January 1957)
Spick - 38, X2
Span - 29, 30, 31, 32
Beautiful Britons - 15, 19
Spick & Span Extra - 8 57 Autumn
Spick & Span Annual - 2