Iran in the 1960’s

When I was a kid growing up in Pakistan during the 1960’s and early 70’s, going to Tehran, Iran was like going to Paris. It was much more developed and wealthy than Karachi, and had tons more western food (a big deal for us kids!).



I recently ran across some great photos of Iran in the 60’s and 70’s. Thanks to the Asia Society for posting these. 

New York City resident Norma Lee Mahdavi lived in Iran from 1960 to 1967 and served as marketing director for the Iranian National Tourist Organization’s New York office in the 1970s.


Mahdavi recently let us sort through several boxes of official tourism slides taken in Iran during the 1960s and 70s — and we’ve reproduced two dozen of our favorites in the gallery above.


Some of the photos were taken by Mahdavi, and others were taken by professional photographers hired as part of the Iranian government’s tourism and cultural outreach initiatives.

Click here to see all of the photos.

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