Wendy Luton is included in this list, even though she made only a handful of appearances in the ToCo titles. Simply because she was one of the glamour photography icons of the 1950s and ‘60s, alongside June Palmer, Pamela Green, Margaret Nolan et al – she will always pop up somewhere for those on the hunt for vintage glamour mags.
She was a bombshell brunette with a lovely long and slender figure, much photographed by the generalissimo Harrison Marks, making her first appearance in Kamera 58 (1963) and then 59, 61, 62 (Cover), 70, 72, 79, 83 and 85; thereafter, Kamera Special 3, Femme 8 and 9, and Solo magazine. Marks also used her in several films. Wendy also worked with HM’s close competitor George Keetley. Their work has the hallmark of classic British pin-up photography, with beautiful stretched arched body and torso poses. It is more than likely that she did at least some of her work at Strobe Studios (run by June Palmer and her husband photographer, stuntman and stand-in-of-the-stars Arthur Howell) in Clapham, south London.
According to ToCo picture editor Robin Brewster, Wendy was “a brown-eyed girl from Scandinavia”. Bearing in mind the above career outline, this is a vaguely ridiculous statement. He adds, much more credibly, that she kept her figure in shape by dancing in cabaret, riding and swimming.
It is very interesting to note that in just six appearances in ToCo magazines, they managed to coerce her into a pair of silky directoire knickers! The fascination with those garments will never cease to amaze. The only female I encountered who wore them in those days was my grandma – and I used to convulse in giggles when she hung them on the clothesline.
Personal details - Born 1945 36-23-36
Appearances - 6, debut Span 115 (March 1964)
Spick - 134, 141,162,
Span - 115, 123
Beautiful Britons - 166