pictory: Shah Gets A Haircut in San Francisco 1950's

pictory: Shah Gets A Haircut in San Francisco 1950's
by Darius Kadivar

Shah of Iran at a Barber Salon in San Francisco reads the newspaper while getting a haircut. Photo taken during a Private or State visit in the 1950's.


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Darius Kadivar

Dear Nazy

by Darius Kadivar on

Yes its very strange isn't it ? Someone once told me, History never repeats itself but it certainly does rhyme.

That is why I think these documents always help reflect on the past and in a way I think it is important to see the fact that even historical figures are like everybody else they shower, go the the twoilet and in short live and breath like everybody else. They are not God or Prophets.

Circumstances put people in exceptional situations and sometimes they either become exceptionally "Great" Men like Napoleon or Cyrus the Great or on the Contrary "Tyrants" like Khomeiny or Hitler. In other cases they become victimes of their own grandeur which was a little the case of the Shah.

Maybe we should write a movie script together about a Time Machine going back and repairing things in the Past.  ;0)




Nazy Kaviani

Dear Darius

by Nazy Kaviani on

A very interesting picture, telling many stories and each with different layers. The writer in me is attracted to this picture for that reason, wanting to either read that story or write it!

The headline on that newspaper says "Face-to-face UN Talk OK'ed by Red China Chief."

Do you suppose the Shah ever thought that one day similar headlines would appear on the same paper, only referring to the country he reigned, and would demonize Iran in the press and make her appear as obstinate and dangerous to the rest of the world?

Let's suppose for the sake of imagination that he had a premonition sitting on that barber chair and that he did. What do you think he could have and would have done when he walked out of that barber shop in San Francisco in 195x? What could he have done differently which could have altered what happened and changed the course of life for Iran?

Thanks for sharing and for provoking thought. I'm thinking about that this afternoon as I clean my house!