Watson Kintner (1890-1979) was a Chemical Engineer with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), where he was an early pioneer in the standardization of the vacuum tube. Over a period of 36 years he traveled to more than 30 individual countries, beginning in 1933. This subset of his travel films is from Iran.
Cat. Reel 251 1963: Reel 25: Iran . Yazd.
Illuminated book: gold (cu).
Illuminated pages (cu).
Flowering vine illumination (cu)
Pictures of birds, plants (cu).
Modern structure or monument.
Woman with water pipe. Calligraphy on modern structure (cu).
Open dome of modern structure. [Possibly Dolat e Abad]
Mosaic on octagonal building.
Food for sale: cafeteria?
Cat. Reel 250 1963: Reel 24: Iran. Gonabad. Mahan.
Press for loom.
Narrow village street.
Gold dome (Imam Reza shrine).
Top of minaret under repair.
Mosaic of wall of sacred Imam Reza: view from garden of museum.
Door to forbidden shrine.
Ceiling (100 mm.).
Inner courtyard of Imam Reza shrine.
Inner courtyard: lengthy flower bed.
Pansies. (Guard told Mr. K. he was the only person he knew
who was allowed to film inner courtyard).
Illuminated books: museum library
Reel 23 of 25
Cat. Reel 249 1963: Reel 23: Iran. Kerman. Zabedan. Birjand. Gonabad. May 11-15
People in thatch shelter.
Camels at water hole.
Baluchi tribe: note waterbag on tripod.
Water bag on tent flap.
People in tent.
Tents (Zahedan area)
Drum or tambourine: pegs hold skin head.
Double skin bellows operated by woman.
Camel: note pebbly ground, pools of water.
[Tribal nomadic people]: traveling blacksmiths and repairmen.
[Tribal nomadic people], tent.
Bringing firewood to Zahedan.
People watching flash flood.
Basic loom in black tent (cu).
Mud dome huts: note vent holes in tops.
Brush for fire.
Village, cobblestone house (outside of Birjand).
Wearing carpet on loom: tying knots (cu).
Rug: Arabic script.
Madrasah / School: studying Quran.
Basic loom, details (cu).
Reel 22 of 25
Cat. Reel 248 1963: Reel 22: Iran. Yazd. Kerman. May 9-11.
Loom: long warp.
Bird-swing hung from clay gob on ceiling.
Bird nest on dome ceiling.
Blowtorch at bazaar (Yazd).
Dyed yarn drying.
Shrine (at Yazd).
Weaving cloth: double layer by hand on large wooden loom.
Making tile : use of frame, pounding clay.
Camel at inn (Yazd).
Camel feeding on straw.
Clay stove (en route to Kerman).
Making pitch fork tines.
Clay mound over small water pool.
Making pottery: by hand, kick wheel (cu).
Kicking potter's wheel (cu).
Temple on shrine (Kerman).
Home courtyard: remains of fire.
Courtyard and rooms.
Flat charcoal stove: tea.
Threshing machine: knotted metal discs.
Zoroastrian fire temple: note electric lamp.
Mosaic on wall.
Frame of wooden window.
Sacred fire in temple (lit from another temple's fire) (very dark).
Village wall: guard towers.
Reel 21 of 25
Cat. Reel 247 1963: Reel 21 Iran. Kashan. Yazd. Nain. May 7-9.
Pottery making: by hand on wheel (Kashan).
Carpet weaving on wooden loom : 100 knots / square centimeter (Nain)
Illuminated books (500 years old in library of Friday Mosque, Yazd.).
Shrine: people praying.
Weaving cloth: shuttle action.
Zoroastrian tower of silence.
Road to a tower of silence.
Building connected to tower of silence.
Steps to an old tower of silence
Zoroastrian ceremonial items.
Items on shelf.
Cooking alcoves for groups.
Hitching post: stick in mud wall.
Water conduit: split log.
Saw for cutting grass or grain.
Water storage tank with dome.
Homes: holes for light and air.
Open grille work.
Weaving cloth (cu).
Weaving: treadle action (cu).
Reel 20 of 25
Cat. Reel 246 1963: Reel 20: Iran. Hamadan. Tehran. Kashan. Natanz. Yazd. April 30 - May 7.
[Unidentified Nomadic] tribal tents.
Baby camel with blanket, feeding.
Mosaic (Masjid Mosque in Kashan ).
Minaret: note shape of tops.
Wind tower for cooling homes.
Translucent alabaster stone in ceiling.
Alabaster stone: outside view.
Weaving carpet by hand on wooden loom.
Crude, intricate loom: weaving carpet by
Tomb of Shah Abbas the Great.
Loom for cloth: spools, stone weights.
Making ice cream.
Stone mill operated by camel.
Rack with wooden tines for "shaping".
Bazaar: once old Abbas Inn.
Stands for water jars.
Carpet design on graph paper.
Garden (at Fins).
Plain, vegetation, mountains.
Ruins of village.
Spinning on small hand operated wheel.
Hollow tree base: note fire.
Potter making pot by hand (cu).
Piece of elaborate vase ready to be decorated
Potter removing pot from wheel
Cat. Reel 239 1963: Reel 13: Iran. Shiraz. April 16-18.
Triangular flower bed at Hafez’s tomb.
Tomb: canopied stone pillars.
Tomb mosaics: ceiling, wall.
Red rose. Garden paths. Pond.
Dome of Vakil Mosque (250 years old). Mosaics.
Mosque; Pillars, facade.
Prayer discs: protect forehead while praying. Stone carving. Mosaic tile
Vakil Bazaar: street under long arched roof.
Fabrics for sale.
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque:
Detailed mosaics. Entrance-ways.
Making large copper vessel: cold hammering. Bazaar scenes.
Tinning a copper dish by hand over a fire.
Bazaar, metals section.
Skin water vessel on tripod.
Roof construction at Bazaar: makeshift.
Looms for making loops.
Throw-weight loom for weaving reed lattice.
Qavami House (150 years old): note mirror mosaic, decoration (mcu)
Cat. Reel 245 1963: Reel 19: Iran
Hamadan. Tehran. April 30.
Two - story house.
Inscription (at Behistun).
One - room house.
Weaving: crude loom, by hand , apparently not using knots (cu).
Stick - slatted window in clay home.
Girl applying dung to wall.
Skin on circular frame.
Drum: double action.
Tribal people on donkeys.
Weighing: crude scales, stone weights.
Bones in saddle bag.
Courtyard. Entrance to underground chamber for animals.
Crude horizontal loom for weaving cloth band.
Weaving: using hand shuttle.
Village wall, towers.
Threshing: trampling earth to make a thresing floor.
Old Abbas inn.
Reed basket: neatly made.
Threshing "machine": wooden (cu).
Millstones: hand operated.
Mended wooden shovel.
High class coffee shops.
Kalaku [?] tribe: herdsmen, not owners: tents.
Camel saddle. Tent.
Spinning scenes: hand held spindles.
Reel 18 of 25
Cat. Reel 244 1963: Reel 18: Iran Silent/Color
Kermanshah area. Hamadan. April 26-27
Clay grain vessel: note spout.
Clay grain vessel.
Weaving rug on wooden loom by hand.
Woman making thread shoe.
Kurdish woman: note coin necklace.
Square clay grain storage vessel.
Drying washed grain.
Clay grain Storage vessel.
Skin? containing grain.
Making curd: using skin bag on legs.
Winding yarn on roof.
Coins for decoration. Skin water bag.
Street scene: note misplaced turkey.
Woman washing grain: by hand in a pool.
Girl, coin necklaces.
Shaving a skin for storage bag.
Man on horseback.
Woman and child on horseback: coins on head (cu).
Woman: large hat.
Mosque: fine calligraphy.
Log foot bridge. Pounding wash.
Enclosure made of dung.
Woman mending leather bag: note wooden peg.
Woman: coin necklace.
Women milking sheep held by men.
Girl in braids. Small girl with coin necklace.
Log to tie tent rope.
Ancient cobblestone ruin.
"Catcher" for a cow while threshing grain.
Stairway for cattle: note ventilator hole.
Good luck emblem on wall.
Small boy eating. Good luck shells.
Reel 17 of 25
Cat. Reel 243 1963: Reel 17: Iran. Susa ruin. Kermanshah area. April 22-26
Spinning wool: by hand, no visible tool (out of focus).
Box for the tea service.
Flat-sided Deybul shrine (900 years old).
Small minarets. Dervish shrine.
Water jar (in shrine).
Woman washing in river (at Deybul). Homes along river.
Old Roman Bridge. Stone work. Roman brick arch.
Homes by river.
Old Roman bridge: note arch.
Flock of sheep. Making camps.
Carpets on ground. Camp activities.
Pass or gorge in mountains. Pol Roshtar Bridge.
Roman arch by river.
Taq-e Bostan site, stone carving.
Man on horse with spear.
Prehistoric cattle fort in village.
Hole in wall for air or water.
Modern mud huts atop prehistoric fort.
Boarded-over hole in wall
Cat. Reel 242 1963: Reel 16 Iran. Karoon river. Ahwaz. April 22-24.
Bakhtiari migration: sheep, goats, donkeys, cows on the road
Woman on horse.
Oven made of mud.
Clay fire tray. Bottle on fire in tray.
Dhow on river. Rows of wooden pegs in soil. Tent.
Poling a canoe-ferry.
Building a dhow: note ribs, wooden nails.
Brick kiln: note side supports.
Camels feeding (distant shot).
Deybul fortress: people in courtyard.
Archaeological excavation site.
Cat. Reel 241 1963: Reel 15: Iran. Shiraz. April 19.
Swing cradle in tent.
Making curd: milk in goatskin.
Yarn on rope line.
Woman waking a sleeping man.
Skin of water.
Colored camel saddlebag.
Girl with baby.
Making bread: rolling, cooking.
Tents in distance: note nature of soil.
Camel, injured, on rocky mountain.
Woman spinning: hand held spindle.
Fire in pit. Pots.
Groups of people.
Cradle swing, baby.
Porous water container. Clay water vessel on a stand.
Tower. Village wall.
Villagers at water hole.
Building a wall; hand used as trowel.
Steps to roof: note bridge between roofs.
Camels on move.
Spinning: hand-held spindle. Note necklaces and coins (cu).
Tribal weaving: horizontal loom.
Wall of hill village.
Raising water: horse, wheel, bucket: note "automatic" water release
Making thin bread: note use of stick (cu).
Full water skins.
Thatched house: narrow doorway.
Bread making: inverted baking pan.
Inside tent. Sheep in tent.
Making water bag: pulling hair from the goatskin.
Cat. Reel 240 1963: Reel 14: Iran Shiraz. April 18-19
Detailed glass mosaic (cu)
Mosaic on top of house.
Posts for stick mosaic.
Working on mosaic box.
Melting glue for mosaic box: charcoal fire.
Assembling stick mosaic by hand.
Boy sanding tiles by hand (out of focus).
Colored tile assembly.
Line of supports for assembling and painting tile
Boy working on tile.
Putting glaze on tile with a cloth.
Working on tile.
Pottery (4,000 B.C.)
Pottery in glass case.
Fireplace mantle (800 years old).
Illuminated book in glass case.
Brush for kiln fire.
Broken pottery used in wall.
Making pottery by hand. foot treadle (cu).
Pottery yard. Pottery.
Tops of minaret.
Scaffolding around mosque.
Ismaili tribe: tents.
Woman spinning: hand held spindles.
Reel 12 of 25
Cat. Reel 238 1963: Reel 12: Iran. Apr. 15-17. Persepolis. Shiraz.
Base of column.
Darius the Great on throne.
Lion attacking bull.
Soldier with spear (cu). Quiver and bow.
Spear in hand (cu).
Herd of horses.
Hall of 100 columns: general view.
King on throne.
Pottery in museum.
Well (100 feet deep).
Original unfired brick.
Stone horses (cu).
Tribal people erecting tent (cu).
Building platform for blankets, etc. of stones.
Tribal women: braided hair.
Well drum for raising bucket. Incline for horse.
Reed weaving (en-route to Shiraz).
Pounding reeds with wooden mallet.
Weaving reed mats: by hand without loom.
Horizontal rug loom on floor: hand weaving.
Girl double-spinning in yard: by hand.
Shiraz general view, Goran Gate.
Saadi’s tomb (12 years old). Tomb.
Reel 11 of 25
Reel 11 of 25
Cat. Reel 237 1963: Reel 11: Iran. April l4-l5. Persepolis. Isfahan.
Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Stonework,
Ruins of palace: note holes for connecting: pins in
broken columns. Carving.
Repair work on damaged stone.
Column: stork's nest on top.
Traditional mud and thatch homes (ws).
Tombs in base of mountain.
Old fire temple.
Cleaning out qanat.
Stone carving: Darius and Ahuramazda.
Hotel Apadana: courtyard, flowers.
Tall column with capital (cu).
Capital (cu, U-6 inch lens).
Fluted columns: bases in solid rock.
Secret storage hole for black box containing gold sword.
Apadana Palace: Southern Part:
Column: off-center capital.
Uncompleted stone carving.
Carved lion's head.
Private palace of Darius the Great.
Drainage system: note seam of stones.
On stairway: Presentation of gifts.
Lion attacking a horse. Lion attacking bull.
Darius killing the Devil.
Entrance to hall of Darius.
Private Palace of Xerxes I.
Tombs of Darius III and Xerxes II on a hill behind Persepolis.
Reel 10 of 25
Cat Reel 236 1963: Reel 10: Iran., Isfahan. April 12-l3th.
Door key in tumbler lock.
Stick in the mud/ for tying things to.
Yarn making frame containing many spools.
Making yarn: crude wooden frame, forked stick to guide threads.
Desert and greenery.
Loaded donkey on road.
Stones: note kind of soil.
Camels at foot of mountain.
Sheep and goats on hillside.
Village: wall, mud houses.
Water jar with hole in "shoulder."
Cleaning qanat. Line of qanats.
Wooden frames of stained glass windows.
Willow trees on plain.
Qanats along foot of mountain.
Inhabited ruins of a village.
Spinning wooden wheel, by hand.
Ventilator on roof.
Sixteenth Century Inn: by Shah Abbas the Great.
Stone rain spout,
Camels. Nomads (cu).
Baby camel feeding.
Black tents. People. Note fire in pit.
Roof: construction interior and exterior.
Ancient fort on hill. Izadkhast: interior and exterior views.
Camel nomads on the move.
Lambs riding on donkey's back.
Cat. Reel 235 1963: Reel 9: Iran. Isfahan. April 10-12.
Man on donkey.
Pigeon cotes (distant shot),
Ventilation hole for stone wheel mill.
Stone wheel mill (cu).
Village gate (600 years old).
Stone pivot for door.
Women filling clay vessels in stream: note well with wheel.
Hubble bubble pipe. Tea-making, using charcoal tray.
Brass water vessel for tea.
Tower used as a home: woman in door.
Donkey with load of straw.
Typical village street.
Calligraphy. Carving on wall.
Mushi cemetery and village.
Views of Ali Qapu. Decoration in music-chamber.
Oxen carrying plow to field.
Sheep or goats.
Stone mill (cu)
Loading dirt on donkeys.
Breaking earth clods with mallet.
Plain or desert, mountains in distance.
String yarn: note bobbins, guiding stick.
Cat. Reel 234 1963 Reel 8: Iran, Isfahan. April. 9-10.
Baby’s swing crib.
Making thread shoe by hand.
Mending camel saddle by hand.
Yarn drying on roof
Ginning cotton: crude hand operated gin.
Ginning: Polishing Gin by hand over oven-hole.
Making copper kettle: hand-hammered, note use of foot.
Hobble bubble pipe.
Silver door, partly gold plated (cu).
Inner courtyard, pool.
Mosaic table (cu).
Carpets: designed and made in art school (cu).
Brocade of gold and silver thread.
Hobble bubble pipe.
Stream in qanat.
Steps leading to qanat.
Entrance to qanat.
Steps to qanat: from above.
Village and wall.
Qanat holes, sheep in distance. Pigeon cote.
Stove door: note pivot.
Stone mortar and pestle.
People: note baby ratio.
Making and baking flat, thin bread.
Reel 6 of 25
Cat. Reel 232 1963: Reel 6: Iran. Apr. 7-8. Isfahan.
Carpet on wall.
Bazaar: formerly an inn.
High dome, opening at top.
Hammering metal. Bazaar scenes.
Bow lathe. Part of a water pipe.
Blacksmith's hearth: anvil.
Making a file by hand.
Straightening bent nail on stone "anvil."
Large brass vase (cu).
Man working on a tray, (cu).
Paper pattern stencil.
Bitumen holding tray in place.
Shaking minaret (100mm).
Man jumping in minaret.
Crack moving in shaking minaret.
View of village from top of mosque.
Stork and nest on tower.
Donkeys carrying water in cans.
Zoroastrian temple on a hill (100-150 mm).
Old Chehel Setoun palace: porch, pillars.
Pool in palace garden.
Class mirror mosaic (cu).
Portable shade (cu).
Paintings. Mosaic wall.
Stained glass windows.
Enamel worker stenciling design on dish.
Enamel worker outlining design with brush.
Reel 5 of 25
Cat. Reel 231 1963: Reel 5: Iran. April 6-7. Isfahan.
Carved granite drinking bowl.
Silver door (350 years old) (cu).
Original door pivot.
End of Shah's mosque.
Carpet loom: in operation, structure.
Carpet design panel.
Tying knots on work on loom: side away from operator (cu).
Carpet. Tools. "Cafeteria."
Painter of miniatures at work: displays Shah's medal (cu).
Tools, color pot.
Miniature paintings: note "stack" mosaic frames.
Bridge over Zahandeh River. Picnic by sluiceways.
Lost-bridge: foundation 1,000 years old
Reel 4 of 25
Cat. Reel 230 1963: Reel 4: Iran. Apr. 5-6.
Golden dome (Qum): and minarets.
Sheep or goats on barren plain.
Barren plain. Green field.
Mosaic inlay (cu).
Top of dome: tile work.
Steps to Shah's pulpit. Views of Mosque.
Reel 3 of 25
Cat. Reel 229 1963: Reel 2: Iran. Apr. 2-5. Pahlavi. Hashtpar. Tehran. Qum.
Fish in boat (Pahlavi area).
Drying nets using boat.
Bottom interior of boat.
Boat with nets, at anchor
Pulling in line.
Ladders over fences.
People on road.
Loading open-ended pottery kiln.
Kiln loaded. Kiln in use (firing time is one hour).
Making pottery by hand: coil "method, kick-wheel (cu).
Pottery containers half-buried, probably for food or water storage
Trough-like clay pieces.
Old palace of King Nader.
People on road.
Launching a boat.
Crew rowing: standing up.
Well with wooden drum (cu).
Shop (Pahlavi) .
Water diversion: split-log conduit.
Dangerous mountain road. Snow shed.
En-route to Qum and Isfahan:
Camels: note calf on top of mother.
Tent-living people. Tent: note wooden pins holding sections together (cu).
Gas fires from oil well gas leaks.
Golden dome (Qum).
Reel 2 of 25
Cat. Reel 228 1963: Reel 2 Iran. Mar. 30-Apr. 1. Ramsar; Pahlavi; Manjil
Tin ornament on house .
Rice storage platform on stilts.
Plowing rice field: wooden plow (cu).
Men in boots.
Rat-guard on storage hut stilts.
Shrubbery at Ramsar hotel.
Men pulling nets from Caspian Sea.
Temporary ropes on net rope.
Means of attaching temporary ropes to net ropes.
Fishing boat, painted oars.
Ramsar hotel. Steps.
Garden (on way to Pahlavi).
Large four-handled pot (xcu).
Rice paddy: note different levels of water.
Means of diverting stream for irrigation. Wall of sticks
Fishing using three-pronged spear.
Fishing with a net.
Tiled house: entrance to roof, ventilator.
Steep thatched roof: grass growing on it.
Shelter for threshing rice.
Old bridge: arched, painted.
Bridge: tree trunk over creek.
Tribesmen fishing in river.
People in ferry.
Wooden rice plow at store.
Fish at market.
Utensils: clay, wooden (cu).
Wooden sandals (cu).
House. Feed bag.
Thatched two-story house.
Irrigation: diverting water with poles.
Girl washing dishes at stream: using dirt to scour.
House framework held together by reed thongs (cu)
Fishing boat: note jug, water "scoop." (cu).
Launching a boat.
Repairing fish nets.
"Tea lunch counter."
Fishing: pulling in nets.
Nets along shore, j
Shuttle for repairing nets (cu).
Irrigation: water diverted with poles.
Cable car over river (en-route to Manjil).
Ladder steps. Path to home.
Beef carcass on way to market.
Bailey bridge. Damat Manjil.
Lime kiln area.
Crude bridge over river.
Balloon sail on Caspian Sea.
Fish nets on shore.
Fishing: drawing in nets.
Reel 1 of 25
Cat. Reel 227 1963: Reel 1: Iran. Mar. 29-30. Tehran, Babulsar. Gargar. Ramsar.
Valley, river, mountains.
Roofs of homes.
Shrine: interior buried vault (cu).
Mountain scenes (Elburz mountains) (ws).
Scenes around a house.
Exterior of kitchen.
Baking oven: fired for bread.
Mountainside village: flat mud roofs.
House. Two men on horses.
House on hillside. Wooden well wheel (100 mm).
Sheep on mountainside (100 mm).
Sheep or goats on mountainside.
Man carrying fodder.
Wash basin cabinet at hotel.
Truck on snow covered road.
Car guided in snow by boy.
Women going to market (in Babulsar?)
Water wagon: note horse collar.
People going to market.
Persian garden at sturgeon cold-storage plant.
Home-made bath house, towels.
Building a woven-reed fence (mcu).
Well with wheel for rope (cu).
Shelter on poles in field.
[Gypsies] [needs better identification] (cu, xcu).
Liner for ganats.
Plastering a kiln by hand.
Washing items in gutter.
En-route to Ramsar.
Sheet iron to carry water over a ditch.
Long thatched building.
Wired "door latch."
Rubber "hinge" on door.
Brush fence, long thatched building (xcu).
Caspian Sea shore: huts (ws).
Grain storage or lookout station.
People: note boy wearing bell (cu).
Step; a notched log.
Building: inner pole construction. Hooked pole for pulling bucket
out of well.
Stones holding down thatch.
A "Carrying saddle." Winnowing rice using a wooden shovel.
Woven-reed rice basket.
Grain storage structure on stilts.
Preparing rice field: by hand, up to knees in mud.
Reel 7 of 25
Cat. Reel 233 1963: Reel 7: Iran. Apr. 8-9 Isfahan.
Painting porcelain (cu).
Carving wooden stamp-block.
Chipping mosaic tile by hand.
Tile pieces assembled into composition.
Making a "stick mosaic" by hand.
(Tolfa) Cathedral: bare dome.
Dome of Armenian Cathedral: interior.
Jameh Mosque: oldest in Persia (900 yrs).
Original Zoroastrian wall.
Square stone water vessel: old.
Old domes: thin, vertical bricks set in patterns: first mosaic work
Shah Allah's carved pulpit.
Views in Jameh Mosque.
Carved wooden door.
Jameh Mosque minaret (6 inch lens).
Bahoush Khaneh minaret (800 years old): mosaic (6-6inch lens).
Zaynaheh Shrine (50-60 yrs. old).
People leaving alcove (4-6 inches).
Synagogue: parchment scroll.
Scroll and Mr. Kintner (cu).