The current of life runs ever away To the bosom of God's great ocean. Don't set your force ‘gainst the river's course And think to alter its motion. Don't waste a curse on the universe – Remember it lived before you. Don't butt at the storm with your puny form, But bend and let it go o'er you.
The world will never adjust itself To suit your whims to the letter. Some things must go wrong your whole life long, And the sooner you know it the better. It is folly to fight with the Infinite, And go under at last in the wrestle; The wiser man shapes into God's plan As water shapes into a vessel.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Right before the historical turning point in February 1979, Iran was actually catching up to the modern western world. Surprisingly enough, Iran was a different world then it is now, one we might even recognize similar to our own. The following is a collection of photographs that were taken before 1979 showing what life was like in Iran before change rapidly occurred.
It is date night and you know what that means! Women loved to wear gorgeous fashion pieces that really made a statement. And the men were looking really fly themselves.
Iran is situated so that in the north they have access to the Caspian Sea and in the south, they have the Persian Gulf. Both are wonderful places to hang out with a couple of friends and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Iran for a time felt like a real cosmopolitan city. Women and men socialized freely and educational opportunities were extended greatly. Western clothing and other norms were ingrained in Iranian society.
Iran became a popular destination for celebrities and politicians. It was easy back then for Iranians to get a visa to the United States from the American embassy in Tehran. In their home country, Iranian women gained suffrage (the right to vote) and even to be elected into parliament.
This image shows a Western-orientated aesthetic. A couple of friends out at the beach enjoying a carefree summer day. Back in the 1970s, it was totally fine for young men and women to mingle. It’s amazing to see how free they were.
Families and friends got together on Fridays, the weekend in Iran. Picnics, in particular, are a big part of Iranian culture and was a popular pastime. Socialization was a huge part of daily life. Worldliness was appreciated and taken advantage of. Tehran, the capital of Iran, funded study abroad in Europe.
As Pretty As A Princess
This gorgeous photograph of Fatimeh Pahlavi is jaw-dropping. Born in 1928, in Tehran, Iran, Fatimeh was a member of the Pahlavi dynasty. It’s no surprise that this royal is so elegant and sophisticated.
Playing In The Park
This is such a candid shot of parents playing with their children at the park. Also, if you can see in the background, there are such tall beautiful green trees. It’s amazing to see nature there.
Never Off Duty
The 1970s in Iran was an amazing time for women to explore their options because there were many. Doors began to open for women everywhere in all sectors of life.
It’s no surprise that during this time period many women were reading books. It was during this period, after all, that women were granted as many educational rights as possible.
This is such a great shot! This woman surely had such a bright future ahead of herself as a soccer star. It was a period of time that was looking brighter than ever for women.
These cool cats are killing those bell-bottom jeans. Back in the 1970s, people felt free to walk the streets in whatever suited them. It’s amazing how this photo looks like it could have been taken in an American town.