Ca. 1934-36. Oblong Folio album (ca. 28x48 cm). 17 card stock leaves with tissue guards. With 144 mounted gelatin silver photographs from ca. 8,5x12,5 cm (3 ¼ x 5 in) to ca. 4x4 cm (1 ½ x ½ in); the majority are ca. 3,5x6 cm (1 ½ x 2 ¼ in). About forty photos with pen manuscript captions in German on the mounts. With 21 large photos mounted at rear, ca. 7x10 cm (2 ¾ x 3 ¾ in), all taken in the early 1960s, one photo with an ink caption on the mount “Sylvester 60/01 in Teheran-Pars bei H. Lorenz.”. Period red quarter buckram album fastened with a string; Iranian designed pictorial and ornamental colour printed paper boards. Overall a very good album of interesting photos.
Historically interesting collection of original gelatin silver snapshots taken by a German resident of Tehran in the mid-1930s. This was the period of intensified economic and diplomatic connections between Nazi Germany and Reza Shah Pahlavi’s Persia, which developed at the same time as Pahlavi’s growing distrust towards Britain and Soviet Union. By the beginning of WW2 Germany became one of the most important economic partners of Iran (which officially adopted its native name instead of the Greek-origined “Persia” in 1935).
The album’s compiler was apparently a German diplomat or industrialist who arrived in Persia in May-June 1934. The album opens with several views of Baku and the Caspian Sea (oil towers, harbour, the Ateshgah Zoroastrian temple) and the compiler’s car crossing streams on the way to Tehran. One of the earliest photos dated June 1934 shows a German official (most likely, the compiler) in his Tehran office with Hitler’s portrait on the wall. Interesting photos include several views of Tehran (the old parliament building or Baharestan, Ferdowsi Street under construction, Fischerabad neighbourhood, etc.), mountain views (with two photos of Mount Damavand), photos of the ruins of Persepolis, a hotel in Babol, countryside palaces, a portrait of three Iranians in the “G.T.C.” office (the calendar on the wall shows “Donnerstag, 18 April” ), photos of Iranian workers laying a cable (“Kabelverlegung”) and doing what looks like road construction, a view of a German administrative building (possibly, the embassy) with a swastika flag hanging next to the entrance, and others. There are also several group portraits of German residents celebrating Christmas and New Year in 1934 and 1935 in “Pension Maiczen,” relaxing in the Fischerabad gardens, sunbathing, resting at the tennis grounds, travelling in their car in the countryside, posing with “Herr Eicke in Teheran,” and others. The larger photos at rear date back to the 1960s and portray a group of German residents celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Teheranpars neighbourhood; one of the ladies shown there can also be found in the earlier 1930s’ photos. Overall an interesting unusual collection illustrating the life of the German community in Tehran in the mid 1930s.
Price: $1,750.00 USD