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Shorts Collection

From the football fields of Dulwich Hamlet FC in 1936 to the boxing ring with Sugar Ray Robinson, they have always been a symbol of athleticism and determination

Background imageShorts Collection: Arthur Danahar, British boxer, 1938

Arthur Danahar, British boxer, 1938. Born in Bethnal Green, Danahar (1918-1992) fought at lightweight and welterweight under the nickname the Irish Guardsman

Background imageShorts Collection: ARTHUR ASHE (1943-1993). American tennis player. Photographed during his match against Jimmy

ARTHUR ASHE (1943-1993). American tennis player. Photographed during his match against Jimmy Connors in the mens singles final at Wimbledon, won by Ashe in four sets, 5 July 1975

Background imageShorts Collection: SUGAR RAY ROBINSON (1921-1989). Robinson (right) during the seventh round of a fight

SUGAR RAY ROBINSON (1921-1989). Robinson (right) during the seventh round of a fight
SUGAR RAY ROBINSON (1921-1989). Walker Smith, Jr. Robinson (right) during the seventh round of a fight against Carmen Basilio, 1957

Background imageShorts Collection: Boys Watching Brass Band

Boys Watching Brass Band
Three little boys stand behind a picket gate and watch a brass band playing in a bandstand

Background imageShorts Collection: Girls Play Bowls / 1940S

Girls Play Bowls / 1940S
Faith Dorn, Alice Talton, Juanita Stark, Lucia Carroll and Jean Ames wearing various sunsuits show a bit of leg on the bowling green

Background imageShorts Collection: 1930S Playsuits

1930S Playsuits
Striped playsuit with shorts with matching 3/4 length coat or a linen suit with trousers & jacket with large patch pockets. A wire-haired fox terrier sits nearby

Background imageShorts Collection: Rugby League Cup Final Wigan v Castleford : Andy Gregory & Martin Offiah

Rugby League Cup Final Wigan v Castleford : Andy Gregory & Martin Offiah hold up the Challenge trophy after Wigans win in the final

Background imageShorts Collection: Liverpool FC football team 1932-1933

Liverpool FC football team 1932-1933
Liverpool FC football team, 1932-1933 season. Date: 1932-1933

Background imageShorts Collection: Dulwich Hamlet FC football team 1936

Dulwich Hamlet FC football team 1936. Back row: Stollery (Trainer), Benka, Morrish, Toser, Cummings, Woolgor, Robbins (Captain), Jonas (Honorary Secretary)

Background imageShorts Collection: Bathing Belle on Pier

Bathing Belle on Pier
A flirtatious young woman in a two-piece bathing costume of side lacing shorts & striped tunic adjusts her black stockings. N.B espadrilles with ribbon lacing

Background imageShorts Collection: Sheffield Wednesday Cup Final Team 1935

Sheffield Wednesday Cup Final Team 1935
Group photo, Sheffield Wednesday Cup Final Team, 27 April 1935. Back row: Irwin (Trainer), Sharp, Millership, Nibloe, Brown, Catlin, Burrows, Walker (Secretary-Manager)

Background imageShorts Collection: Spandau Ballet, music group, have been in the Bahamas for the last two weeks

Spandau Ballet, music group, have been in the Bahamas for the last two weeks, recording their next album (True), and taking whatever time allows, to relax and enjoy the local surroundings

Background imageShorts Collection: Dunfermline Athletic FC football team 1936

Dunfermline Athletic FC football team 1936. Back row: Dowie (Trainer), Johnman, Warden, Steele, Bolt, Crawford, Donald. Front row: Thomson, Syme, M Gowan, Thomson (Captain), Dobson. Date: 1936

Background imageShorts Collection: Accrington Stanley FC football team 1936

Accrington Stanley FC football team 1936. Back row: Kerr, Robinson, Wilson, Gill, Ivill, Treanor, Hacking (Manager), Brennand (Trainer)

Background imageShorts Collection: Queen of the South FC football team 1934-1935

Queen of the South FC football team 1934-1935. Back row: McLachlan (Manager), Sneddon, Savage, Haywood, Fotheringham, Cumming, Smith, Culbert, Smith, Allan (Captain), Hutchison (Chairman)

Background imageShorts Collection: Huddersfield Town FC football team 1922-1923

Huddersfield Town FC football team 1922-1923
Huddersfield Town FC football team c 1922-1923. Back row: Walter, Wood, Slade, Cowell, Barkas, Brough. Smith. Third row: Chaplin (Trainer), Marlow, Stentiford, Wilson, Goodier, Goodall, Cawthorne

Background imageShorts Collection: Barnet FC football team 1936

Barnet FC football team 1936. Back row: Sanderson (Chairman), Lowe, McCarthy, Painter, Wade, Markwell, Finch (Captain), Parker (Trainer). Front row: Weightman, Morris, Garrett, Martin, Hall

Background imageShorts Collection: Group photo, Millwall Athletic football team

Group photo, Millwall Athletic football team
Millwall Athletic football team for the 1895-1896 season, including Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Trainer, as well as the players themselves. circa 1895

Background imageShorts Collection: Bystander cover 1929 - In Training - Boxing woman

Bystander cover 1929 - In Training - Boxing woman
A woman in a fetching sporty outfit of silky shorts and stockings takes out her frustrations on a punch bag dressed up as a man. Date: 1929

Background imageShorts Collection: Seven women police officers in netball team

Seven women police officers in netball team
Seven women police officers in the 1954 Met Police netball team, posing with a ball and a netball post. They include Heather Walker, Nora Blacklock, June Barrett and Pat Stacke. Date: 1954

Background imageShorts Collection: Albion Rovers FC football team 1936

Albion Rovers FC football team 1936. Back row: Miller, Waddell, Shevlin (Captain), Beath, Anderson, Bruce. Front row: McPhee, Lyon, Rice, Graham, Grant. Date: 1936

Background imageShorts Collection: Celtic Football Club 1905-1906

Celtic Football Club 1905-1906
Group photo, Celtic Football Club 1905-1906: Davis (Trainer), Campbell, M Leod, Watson, Hamilton, M Nair, Wilson, Garry, M Court, Adams, Young, Hay, Bennett, M Menemy, Loney, Quinn, Somers, M Nair

Background imageShorts Collection: Edinburgh Hibernian FC football team c 1922-1923

Edinburgh Hibernian FC football team c 1922-1923
Edinburgh Hiberian FC football team c 1922-1923. Back row: Allan, Shaw, Harper, Strang, Miller, Dorman. Middle row: Ritchie, Paterson, Bryce, Templeton, Young, Duncan, McGinnigle. Rhodes

Background imageShorts Collection: Bolton Wanderers FC football team 1935

Bolton Wanderers FC football team 1935. Back row: Goslin, Atkinson, Smith, Jones, Finney (Captain), Taylor. Front row: Taylor, Eastham, Milsom, Westwood, Cook. 1935

Background imageShorts Collection: Clapton Orient FC football team 1936

Clapton Orient FC football team 1936. Back row: Oakley, Murray, Farrell, Searle (Captain), Herod. Third row: Proudfoot (Manager), Wells, Heinemann, Rossiter, Iceton, Watson, Hillam, Affleck, Brooks

Background imageShorts Collection: Swinton RLFC rugby team 1934-1935

Swinton RLFC rugby team 1934-1935. Back row: Lee, Stoddart, Wright, Hughes, Spruce, Armitt. Second row: Mee (Trainer), McGregor, McGurk, Hodgson, Sullivan, Butters, Green, Cheetham, Shaw, Evans

Background imageShorts Collection: Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Background imageShorts Collection: WILMA RUDOLPH (1940-1994). American track and field athlete. Crossing the finish line to win

WILMA RUDOLPH (1940-1994). American track and field athlete. Crossing the finish line to win the 400-meter relay for the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, 8 September 1960

Background imageShorts Collection: Steve Bloomer, English footballer and manager

Steve Bloomer, English footballer and manager
Steve Bloomer (1874-1938), English footballer and manager. He played for Derby County, Middlesbrough and England during the 1890s and 1900s, and was famous for his prolific scoring of goals

Background imageShorts Collection: Golders Green FC football team 1936

Golders Green FC football team 1936. Back row: Walker, Shorland, Boston, Miles, Bloxham, Bradis. Front row: Breagan, Browne, Bucci (Captain), Evans, Boston. Date: 1936

Background imageShorts Collection: Blackpool FC football team 1936

Blackpool FC football team 1936. Back row: Hall, Cardwell (Captain), Smith, Dougall, Roxburgh, Watson, Wallace, Witham. Third row: Hampson, Davidson, Carter, Reeday, Jones, Jones, Watson, Finan

Background imageShorts Collection: Partick Thistle FC football team 1934-1935

Partick Thistle FC football team 1934-1935. Back row: Calderwood (Captain), Cummings, Johnstone, Elliot, Sutherland, M Leod. Front row: Regan, M Kennan, Wylie, Hastie, M Lennan. Date: 1934-1935

Background imageShorts Collection: Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London

Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London
Two children, a boy and a girl, doing handstands against a concrete wall on a Balham street, SW London. A smaller child watches them, backed into a corner. Date: circa 1961

Background imageShorts Collection: Rocky Marciano Postcard. Rocky Marciano Postcard

Rocky Marciano Postcard. Rocky Marciano Postcard

Background imageShorts Collection: Joe Beckett, British heavyweight boxing champion

Joe Beckett, British heavyweight boxing champion
Joe Beckett (1892-1965), Heavyweight Boxing Champion of Great Britain, in action

Background imageShorts Collection: Girl & Beach Ball 1950S

Girl & Beach Ball 1950S
Windswept young lady, wearing shorts & a stripey dolman (batwing) sleeved top with cowl collar leans against a large beach ball to have her photograph taken

Background imageShorts Collection: STICK EM UP

STICK EM UP
Stick em up ! Boys playing with guns on the street

Background imageShorts Collection: Boy in school uniform with figurehead at seaside

Boy in school uniform with figurehead at seaside
Boy in school uniform with a ships figurehead at the seaside. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageShorts Collection: Horace Shorts notebook - sketches of Wright Flyer at Pau

Horace Shorts notebook - sketches of Wright Flyer at Pau
A page from Horace Shorts notebook containing his detailed sketches of the Wright Flyer made at Pau, France, in February 1909. Date: 1909

Background imageShorts Collection: Everton FC football team 1936

Everton FC football team 1936. Back row: Britton, Mercer, Sagar, Jones, White. Front row: Geldard, Bentham, Dean (Captain), Cunliffe, Leyfield, Cook. Date: 1936

Background imageShorts Collection: Poster advertising Union Castle

Poster advertising Union Castle cruises for South Africa, East Africa and around the African coast

Background imageShorts Collection: Boy Admires Spitfire

Boy Admires Spitfire
Spitfire Summer: A little boy wearing shorts and braces admires a Spitfire on the runway at Biggin Hill, Kent, England

Background imageShorts Collection: Poster advertising Union Castle

Poster advertising Union Castle cruises: the goings good!

Background imageShorts Collection: Walliss Hiking Kit Ad

Walliss Hiking Kit Ad
Advertisement for Walliss hiking kit comprising rucksack, practical flannel shorts and mens pure wool stockings, all essential equipment for this pastime

Background imageShorts Collection: Manchester North End FC football team 1934-1935

Manchester North End FC football team 1934-1935. Back row: Heyworth, Jackson (Captain), Norton, Brown, Sharples, Broadhurst. Front row: Lawton, Hurst, Thompson, Hicks, Broadhurst. Date: 1934-1935

Background imageShorts Collection: Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Creator: Kenneth Brookes

Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Creator: Kenneth Brookes
Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Patrol leaders hat badge; scarf of troop colour; all-round cords for six badges; staff of shoulder height

Background imageShorts Collection: Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)

Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)
1197530 Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas) by Chierici, Gaetano (1838-1920); 33x42 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageShorts Collection: Spandau Ballet, music group, have been in the Bahamas for the last two weeks

Spandau Ballet, music group, have been in the Bahamas for the last two weeks, recording their next album (True), and taking whatever time allows, to relax and enjoy the local surroundings



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From the football fields of Dulwich Hamlet FC in 1936 to the boxing ring with Sugar Ray Robinson, they have always been a symbol of athleticism and determination. Whether it's the boys watching a brass band or Liverpool FC's iconic team from 1932-1933, these they have witnessed countless moments of sporting glory. Even women broke barriers, as seen in the Bystander cover from 1929 featuring a boxing woman in training. Arthur Ashe, the legendary American tennis player, showcased his skills at Wimbledon in 1975 while donning his trusty shorts. And let's not forget about girls playing bowls in the 1940s or rocking fashionable playsuits during the vibrant era of the 1930s. From Dunfermline Athletic FC to Barnet FC and Millwall Athletic football teams captured together for eternity in group photos - these shorts unite athletes across time and space. Edinburgh Hibernian FC proudly wore their shorts during their successful season around 1922-1923. Through victories and defeats, these humble garments remain an enduring symbol of sportsmanship and camaraderie.