Vintage Life In Iran

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.


Date Night



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.



Sea Side



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.


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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.



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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.


Beach Babes



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.



Spring Shindig



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.



Book Club



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.


Kick It



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.