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Scenes of Khuzestan Province and Isfahan, Iran, circa 1916

Views of Khūzestān Province and Esfahan (Isfahan) Persia, circa 1916. (The southern part of Khuzestan was also known as "Arabistan.") Rugged hills and dunes in desert region. A single dirt road through part of the area connecting some clusters of dwellings. Water splashing from the rear driving wheel of a Stern wheeler river boat underway on the Karun River. Black smoke billowing from the boat's stack. It appears to be towing a barge. Several long wooden passenger boats tied up at riverside, near building. Palm trees in the background. Closeup of art on the dome of the ancient Safavid-era Shah Mosque in Esfahan (aka Isfahan). Front of the mosque, with minarets. Iranian man herding some livestock and Merchants bringing goods to market on donkeys, passing through ancient arch way. Some men and a girl walking through the town. Two men smoke hookahs. A sandal maker at work. A local bazaar, lined with merchants selling their wares. People walking through the bazaar, including one who appears to be a British Colonial Officer in the South Persian Rifles.

Date: 1916
Duration: 1 min 8 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
British newsreel detailing crude oil extraction and refinement efforts in Persia (present Iran) since the early 20th century

Newsreel titled, 'Persia and the Oil Fields." Narrator chronicles discovery of oil in Persia, benefits of oil to the local economy, and British involvement via the Great Oil Company (now British Petroleum). View of barren lands in Persia (now Abadan in Iran). Oil drillers at work in a refinery amidst the barren lands. Construction of oil refinery at Abadan. Oil revenue brings benefits to the people, as shown by new bridges, school buildings, young students in classroom, and college students studying technical subjects. Professor instructs in front of a blackboard filled with mathematical formulas. Workers at metal shop machines applying new technical knowledge. Oil pipe lines laid across stretches of undeveloped land near Abadan, Iran. Crude oil bubbling from the ground. View of several British oil transport ships at a dock in the Persian Gulf, including the "British Guardian" and the "British Virtue." Narrator eludes to the then current difficulties in relations between Iran and Britain, due to the British oil embargo following nationalization of Iran's oil reserves by Mosaddegh.

Date: 1951
Duration: 1 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Workers on camels transport dates to Persia and Arabian Desert.

Workers on camels transport dates to Persia and Arabian Desert. Arab local lifting water from 'charad' (a native water lift) with the help of a cow. Workers cultivate date garden and cut date offshoots in Basra. Packing offshoots for shipment to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Date: 1929
Duration: 5 min 18 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
British geologist George B. Reynolds and workers drilling for oil and striking oil in Masjed Soleyman, Iran, Persia.

Activities of George B. Reynolds and his team operating an oil drilling mechanism in Masjed Soleyman, Iran. Reynolds, representing the Anglo-Persian Oil Company or APOC, (which later became British Petroleum in 1954, or BP), studies maps while smoking a pipe. An oil rig set up in the desert at the location Masjid-i-Sulaiman. Workers and mechanics working at the rig. Close views of the diary records of George B. Reynolds. Men work on oil rigs under intense sun. The oil rig working and striking oil; a cloud of smoke and fire from the ground. Close views of a binder holding letter from Lewis Mallet to the British foreign office announcing the successful oil discovery. A seemingly unrelated two-second view of 1908-era motor cars on a street follows.

Date: 1908, May 26
Duration: 2 min 55 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Polish Refugees travel three years and 3 thousand miles to Iran during World War II.

Many Polish refugees are seen in the final phase of their monumental trek of three years and three thousand miles from Poland, during World War 2. Scene shifts to Poland in 1939, where polish refugees crowd roads carrying their belongings in wooden carts and other conveyances. They are seen at a rest stop where they obtain food. Animated map shows path of refugees fleeing East into the Soviet Union, following the German invasion in August, 1939. The path continues Southeast in 1941, as they flee from the German campaign, Operation Barbarossa, into the Soviet Union. Their journey continues along the west coast of the Caspian Sea, through the Caucasus, to Persia (Iran). Views of refugees arriving at the Persian border, where they are seen near many tents, and being provided with articles of clothing from British and American Red Cross Stations. Refugees donning new shoes and other items. Young girls having their hair styled. Refugees sit at long tables where they receive hot meals. A teacher conducts an outdoor class for Polish refugee children. Closeup of children at their desks. Refugee women are seen tilling soil to plant crops, while fathers and grown sons and daughters leave to join the new armies of the Polish Government in Exile. Views of Polish women, in uniforms marching and of uniformed armed Polish soldiers, as well becoming part of the Allied war against the Axis powers. Polish refugees at an outdoor shrine, offering prayers for the safety of their members in the military. New polish refugee arrivals at the Persian border being greeted by others, many of whom are family members.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 46 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
William Knox D'Arcy's Oil exploration team from Great Britain, led by George B. Reynolds

Sand dunes in desert of Iran, Persia. The oil exploration team led by Geroge B. Reynolds, working for William Know D'Arcy, moves across the countryside in search of oil. A group of men pull their horses across dunes and climb a hill. Desert sand all over. Men on horsebacks cross a small river flowing through the desert. Notebook of George Reynolds with a photograph in it.

Date: 1908
Duration: 59 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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