Pre-revolution Soundtrack Album Covers

This is a collection of album cover art for the soundtracks of pre-revolutionary movies made in Iran in the late 1960s and 1970s. The collection includes designs for the soundtracks of art-house movies as well as commercial blockbusters.
Oct 29, 2014 /
A House Near Ferdowsi Square (14)

A House Near Ferdowsi Square

This house near Ferdowsi Square was built by the Russian architect Alexander Belyn in 1938. Belyn was working for Kampsax - a Danish construction company founded in 1917 which had several projects in Iran, including the construction of 900 km of cross-country railroads.
Jul 3, 2014 /
Tehran Opera Company, 1974-1975 (51)

Tehran Opera Company (1974-75)

The Tehran Opera Company was founded in 1967 by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Art. The company was active until 1978. It officially ended its activities after the Iranian revolution. This booklet is the company’s program for 1974-1975 season.
Apr 30, 2014 /
Lady Cockroach

Lady Cockroach

Lady Cockroach is a short play for children published in 1929 in the city of Shiraz, Iran. According to the cover, the author Mirza Jabbar Askarzadeh (often known as Jabbar Baghtcheban) was the head-teacher of a kindergarten in Shiraz. He later established the first Iranian kindergarten for the deaf, and was the inventor of Persian cued speech.
Mar 5, 2014 /
Old Ettelaat Building in Tehran

Ettelaat Daily’s Old Building

The old headquarters of Ettelaat publishing company from the 1930s is located in Khayam Street, Tehran. Ettelaat newspaper is the oldest Iranian newspaper in Persian, still being published.
Jan 30, 2014 /
The national football team of Iran

Iran National Football Team

The national football (soccer) team of Iran, known in Persian as Team Melli, ranks 1st in Asia and 33rd in the world according to the December 2013 FIFA World Rankings.
Jan 22, 2014 /
Rostam moves the giant rock to free Bijan

An Overlooked Shahnamah

These are images from a recently-found completely unrecorded Shahnameh in British Library collection. This copy of Shahnameh is probably from 1640, illustrated by by Muhammad Yusuf, a prolific artist during the reigns of the Safavid rulers Shah Safi (r. 1629-42) and Shah Abbas II (r. 1642-66).
Jan 13, 2014 /

Tehran Taxi in London

Massoud Nili, who has lived in the U.K. since he was 10 years old, changed his Peykan Hunter into a 1970s’ Iranian taxi. He says: “To me my taxi is [like] history on four wheels, it gives me pleasure bringing back some memory from our past.”
Dec 18, 2013 /
Zahiroleslam’s House, Tehran, December 12, 2013 (2)

Zahirol-Eslam’s House

According to the latest news Zahiroleslam’s House is going to be demolished soon. The house is one of the rare examples of the architectural fusion style of the early 20th century that combines elements of Iranian traditional architecture with European styles.
Dec 14, 2013 /
Shamloo in Zaghemarz. April 1973.

Shamloo by the Caspian Sea

Ahmad Shamloo in the Boghrat's family album. Ahmad Shamloo (1925-2000) was a poet, writer, and journalist. He was one of the most influential poets of modern Iran.
Dec 13, 2013 /