Lowe and Campbell Athletic Goods was a sports equipment manufacturer and retailer based in Kansas City, Missouri until 1931 when it was acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods.

These short shorts are made of a vivid Kelly green twill weave cotton and feature a short grommeted belt in the front and a four button (men’s placement) front fly. They have a “Lowe and Campbell Athletic Goods” label in the center back, with the number 36, which happens to correspond with the measurement around the top of the shorts.

These have a cream twill facing, and interestingly, quilted curved pads at each side seam measuring 7” across, and 5” deep.

The rest of the measurements are:

Inseam: 3.25”

Out seam:10.5”

26” around the leg opening

11.5” front seam from crotch to top of shorts

15.5” back seam from crotch to top of shorts

36” around the top of the shorts

These are in remarkable condition considering their age; the color is vivid, There is very very minor darkening on the pads, this is not visible when worn, and please see all included images. We did launder them carefully by hand as we did not want the green to fade or bleed in to the facings and pads.

An athletic wear specialist sent us a photo of Frank "Pep" Saul of Seaton Hall in the late 1940s wearing similar cut shorts. His notes included: “The cut of the shorts resembles those worn by 1940s-early 1950s basketball players. The hip protectors did appear in some basketball uniforms.”

Some background about the company from The Vintage Traveler: “The company was formed in Kansas City in 1912 by George Lowe and Keedy Campbell. The partners merged their company with Wilson Sporting Goods in 1931, but they retained a separate identity. Their headquarters, which also included some light manufacturing, was built in 1925, and the company remained there until 1961, when it appears that Lowe & Campbell was completely merged into Wilson.”

We photographed these on our female mannequin to give a better idea of length, rather than just laying them flat.

We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.

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