Foxy Ladies #24: Hotties and Heating Units

Spic and Span was an old UK girlie magazine from the 1960s.  Pretty innocent cheesecake - mostly swingin' Brits showing a bit of leg here and there.  As I was paging through a few of these old rags, I kept noticing heating units in the background - mainly wall radiators.

This shouldn't be a shock.  It's damn cold in England.  However, I still found it a little strange that these heaters were lurking in the background of so many photo shoots.  I mean, was it that cold they had to pose by a radiator every time?

I wish I had more to show you beyond the handful in this post. Nonetheless, it's curious enough that I had to share.

The one above is driving me crazy.  I think it must be some kind of wall heating pad.  It's in a ton of these old pictures, and it seems to have a water supply.  Yet, she's resting her arm on it, so it must not be hot.  Anyone out there know what this is? Here is another example.

These next two from the same photo shoot as the one at the top of the post...

Another reason for the preponderance of heaters is that the photos seem to be shot at the same locations over and over.  Oftentimes, the set looks to be no more than an emptied out guest room.  Not that readers cared.

Censored by Retrospace because the public can't handle nipples.

Before someone points out that this may be an AC unit; likely it's heat as well.

She's reaching for the thermostat.  How she got her dress caught in that cabinet is anyone's guess.

And a couple fireplaces before we go...

This last chick is literally sitting on the fireplace.  Like I said - England is damn cold.


  1. A fireplace is a very popular place for pictures, but a radiator? I guess it's more interesting than a flat wall.

    The thing that's driving you crazy is a radiator, just a flat design rather than the standard one we are familiar with. The only way her arm is on resting on it is that it must be off.

  2. You may be able to exploit the "need a shilling to feed the gas meter" routine.

  3. Yep. I had a similar looking radiant heater in my apartment in Germany. It is supposed to be more effceint since thier is more front-facing surface area to radiate the heat. The one in my place got damned hot. You couldn't be within a foot of the thing, muchless touch it if it were on.

  4. Let me stand next to your fire... Yowza!

  5. Two observations: 1) I am quite adept at handling nipples, please don't concern yourself. 2) I am indebted to you and Spic and Span for finally sorting out what the "smooth continental look" is...

  6. I'm pretty sure I saw flat panel radiators like that when I was a kid in Scotland. They're the same as the more common bundle-o'-tubes ones, IIRC. They could get pretty dang hot, but from memory they could also be centrally thermostat-controlled, or heated up hot and then left to cool throughout the day.

  7. In my next life, I want to be that radiator that had five different girls posing in front of it!

  8. Maybe this is the secret origin of the term, "hottie"?

  9. In the British detective novels I read they are always talking about how many bars they got going on the electric fire. I guess that's what the young lady is sitting in front of in the fifth photo from the end.

    I like the photo before that, the girl in the bikini sitting on a sled in the living room.

  10. The girls are cold because their skin's exposed. That's why they're near the radiator - DUH! At least there aren't any towels and socks drying on them.

  11. I'd swear that's Go-Go Jane Wiedlin in a couple of those.

  12. Opps, the back of my dress got caught in the cabinet, I better pull up the front so it matchs.

  13. Anyone want to see more of Spick and Span, there is in fact a blog on those self-same magazines at allthingsspickandspan.com. Well worth a look. Not sure there are many heating applicances though.

  14. As a resident of some very dodgy "bed-sits" (one room studios) in the UK in the 70s Imma put you some knowledge here...
    Re: "may be an AC unit; likely it's heat as well." that's an electric convection heater. Draws air in from the bottom and passes it over electric coils, air comes out the top.
    Capewood: that could well be an electric heater, although it could possibly be gas: a gas flame burns at the bottom and heats ceramic/clay elements that radiate heat. Generally mounted against a boarded over old fireplace with gas fumes being expelled up the chimney flue.

  15. Luv these posts! Looking at the fifth picture from the top, the one featuring the lovely lady in the see-thru polka dot nightie, is the huge cabinet/box behind her a radio? If it is, can it tune in to signals from Pluto? Wotta awesome radio! (and the young lady is quite fetching too)

    1. Anonymous,

      Yep, that is a radio! May also have a record player in with it. I remember my parents having one like that back in the late 50's. The record player was a windup!! Half way through the record it would start playing very slllooowwwllllyyyyyy......... and you would have to crank the handle again.

  16. AnonymousJuly 17, 2014

    It was known as a radiogram or a stereogram. The cabinet contains a radio, probably offering not only the BBC Home Service and Light Programme but also Hilversum and Daventry, plus a record deck, speakers and storage space for a number of LPs.

  17. Thanks loads for posting,this is so much the kind of photography I love