Photos of Old Tehran: 1848 to 1864

Below are photos of Old Tehran dated to 1848 to 1864, originally posted in the Vintage Everyday website. Readers are also referred to the “Maps and Photos of Old Tehran 1826-1900” posting.

The photos have been cited as the first and rare photographs of Qajar Iran by the Italian photographers Louis Montalbone (1827-1877) and Luigi Pesce (1827-1864). Despite the excellent and professional quality of their works, neither Montalbone nor Pesce have been deservedly appreciated in the European fine arts and photography arenas.

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Tehran 1848 to 1864-1The Royal Palace (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-2The Citadel (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-3The Bazaar of Tehran (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-4Portal of The Mosque (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-5Soldiers of the Qajar era (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-6Sellers peddling their wares (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-7Qajar prince (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-8Imperial Qajar throne (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran 1848 to 1864-9Imperial palace in Tehran (Source: Vintage Everyday).

Tehran in the 1960s-1970s

Below is a selection of photos of Tehran in the 1960s and 1970s. Readers may find these previous postings of interest as well:

Snapshots of some of Tehran’s Major Avenues, Hotels and Mehrabad airport in the 1960s and 1970s

 

[Click picture to Enlarge] Aerial view of Vali Ahd Square (Meydan e Vali Ahd) in 1971 (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

Pahlavi avenue ingress to Vali Ahd Square (Meydan e Vali Ahd) in the 1960s (Picture source: Fouman.com).

Tehran’s Hilton Hotel in 1961 (Picture source: Iranian.com).

[Click picture to Enlarge] Mehrabad airport in 1971. Note the four-engined Boeing 707. Mehrabad was to become one of the busiest and most modern airports in Western Asia by the late 1970s (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971). 

 [Click picture to Enlarge] Takht e Jamshid Avenue in the 1971.

Istanbul Avenue in 1965.

 
Firdowsi avenue towards the north as seen in the 1960s.

[Click picture to Enlarge] Queen Elizabeth Boulevard in 1971 (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

Tehran University

[Click picture to Enlarge] Aerial View of Tehran University in the 1970s (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

[Click picture to Enlarge] Entrance to Tehran University in 1971 (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

[Click picture to Enlarge] Tehran university students in 1971 (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

Iranian university students in the 1970s.

[Click picture to Enlarge] Medical students at Tehran University. 

Tehran’s entertainment-recreation venues and cultural icons in the 196os and 1970s

 

 

The Shahyad Landmark of Tehran (re-named Azadi in 1979) under construction in 1966 (Original Source: Iranian.com)

 [Click to Enlarge]Miss Iran 1967, Shahla Vahabzadeh (Original Source: Iranian.com). For more see Miss Iran Pageants in 1960s and 1970s…

[Click picture to Enlarge] The Shemshak ski resort in 1971 (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

The Abeali Ski resort in 1966 (Picture Source: Iranian.com).

[Click to Enlarge] The late actor Mohammad-Ali Fardin (1933-2000).

Ski enthusiasts at the Abeali Ski resort in 1966.

Am Iranian Pepsi-Cola cap from the 1970s. Tehranis often claimed that their version of Pepsi-Cola was better tasting than the American original!

جرای گروه بلک کتز در سالهای دور – The original Iranian rock and jazz band known as the Black Cats. The name of this band was revived from the early 1990s by the Iranian diaspora community in Los Angeles.  For more see Selections and Memories of Iranian Popular Music of the 1960s…

Golden City Cinema in 1971 (Picture source: Fouman.com).

Tehran’s posh Chattanooga restaurant and coffee bar in 1966.

Snapshot of Tehranis in the 1960s and 1970s

[Click picture to Enlarge] The Tehran Twist: The Tehran jet-set entertaining themselves with rock and roll music in the early 1960s (Picture Source and with special thanks to: Shamsi V (Original photographer) posted in Flickr). 

[Click picture to Enlarge] Old men amusing themselves with water-pipes on Isfahan street in the 1960s. 

[Click picture to Enlarge] A Tehran government official takes a break from the office. 

 Department Stores 

[Click picture to Enlarge] The Kourosh department store in the 1970s. The department store also featured a popular restaurant on its top floor (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

[Click picture to Enlarge] Mother shopping for her young son in the children’s section of a Tehran department store in 1971 (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

Radio Stations

 Iran radio station circa early 1970s.

Health Care

[Click picture to Enlarge] A Tehran hospital operating room in 1971 (Picture source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) & A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971).

Images of Iranian Kurdistan

Below are select images of Iranian Kurdistan. For more on the topic and Kurds in general consult: The Kurds.

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Iran-Kurdistan-DervishKurdish Sufi mystics partake in local Dervish ceremonies (Images  forwarded to Kavehfarrokh.com on July 14, 2013 by Dr. Mohammad Ala, winner of the 2013 Grand Prix Film Italia Award for the documentary work Immortality). Many of these rites resonate with ancient Iranian mystical cults (ie. Mithrasim, Zurvanism, etc.) which gave rise to movements such as those of Mazdak during the Sassanian Empire (224-651 CE) and Babak Khorramdin in Azarbaijan who led a major revolt in 816- 837 CE aimed at liberating Iran from the Abbasid Caliphate.

3-Taq-Bostan[Click to Enlarge] Investiture scene above the late Sassanian armored knight at the vault at Tagh-e Bostan. To the left stands Goddess Anahita with her right hand raised, holding a diadem of glory or “Farr” towards Khosrow II at center who receives a diadem with his right hand from Ahura-Mazda or the chief Magus. Anahita was a revered goddess of war among Sassanian warriors (Source: Shahyar Mahabadi, 2004).

Girl from SanadajGirl from Sanadaj (Source: www.whoophy.com).

Heracles-vicinity of BisotunA carved image of Heracles, vicinity of Bisotun (Source: Turismo en Iran).

Iran Kurdistan04Village of Palangan at Dusk (Source: Amos Chapple of www.guardian.co.uk)

Angel-TBImage of an angelic figure at Taghe Bostan (Photo courtesy of Amiri-Parian).

iranian-kurd-talks-phone-mobile.siAn Iranian-Kurdish woman chats on her mobile phone in the city of Marivan in Iran’s Kurdistan province (Source: Reuters-Morteza Nikoubazl).

Anahita Temple-Kangavar[Click to Enlarge] The Anahita Temple at Kangāvar in Kermanshah Province. The Kangavar remains reveal a Hellenistic character at the edifice, with Iranian architectural designs. The column base for example, features very large dimensions measuring at just over 200m on a side. This combined with the site’s megalithic foundations, are harking back to the Achaemenid tradition of stone platforms, which are distinctly Persian in character (Source: Trek Earth).

kermanshah jamshid hotelThe Jamshid Hotel at Kermanshah (Source: www.key2persia.com)

 

Maps and Photos of Old Tehran 1826-1900

Below are maps and photos of Old Tehran, kavehfarrokh.com is indebted to contributions by numerous history enthusiasts, including Fathali Ghahremani who contributed the old maps seen on this page.

01-Tehran-Map-1826

[Click to Enlarge] Map of Tehran dated to 1826.

Theran-NasseredinShah-era

This photo is from (circa) 1871, during the Nasser e Din Shah era – it is the oldest known photo of Tehran. The name of the street today is Mirdamad. -نام کنونی این محل بلوار میرداماد میباشد-طهران در دوران حکومت ناصرالدين شاه قاجار-سال ۱۲۵۰ خورشیدی-

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[Click to Enlarge] Map of Tehran dated to 1848.

Old-Tehran-gate-Qajar-era

One of Tehran’s gates during the Qajar era -یکی از دروازه های قدیمی تهران زمان قاجار-

Oldest Map of Tehran

[Click to Enlarge] Map of Tehran dated to 1858 [NOTE: this is very high resolution image which may take a little time to load].

Tea-Coffee-House-Tehran-Qajar-era

[Click to Enlarge] A Tea and Coffee house in Tehran in the late Qajar era-قهوه خانه در بازار تهران –

9-Tehran-Meydan-Mashq-Qajar-era

میدان مشق در تهران زمان قاجار– Tehran’s Meydan Mashq during the Qajar era; note the paintings on the structure.

Tehran-bazaar-Qajar-era1

[Click to Enlarge] Tehran Bazaar in the late Qajar era -بازار تهران-

Tehran_1890_(1)

[Click to Enlarge] Interesting map of Tehran in 1890 – note legend markers.

Bread-bakery-Qajar-era1

[Click to Enlarge]Bread bakery (Sangak bread) in late qajar era –نانوائی اواخر دوره قاجار

05b-Tehran-Map-1900

[Click to Enlarge]Map of Tehran dated to 1900.