By Mark McConville
INCREDIBLE images have revealed the friendly face of Iran when it acted an ally for the United States and even welcomed Polish refugees during World War Two.
The striking pictures show US, British and Russian troops as the Allies delivered planes, equipment and supplies to Russia.
British and American railroad workers are also pictured taking a break in Iran on their journey to Russia with more supplies while Iranian mechanics work on American warplanes.
Other candid shots show Polish refugees at a Polish evacuee camp in the capital city, Tehran. Polish women are pictured making their own clothing with rows of sewing machines.
Mrs. Louis Dreyfus, wife of the United States Minister to Iran, was also snapped visiting a poor section of the Tehran and distributing food and supplies to the needy.
Ahmad Shah Qajar, Shah of what was then Persia between 1909 to 1925, poses for the camera while the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, is pictured in 1964 with US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Mohammad Reza Shah was overthrown on February 11th 1979 although he had already left the country on January 16th 1979 and left his duties to a regency council and prime minister.
Iran then voted to become an Islamic Republic on April 1st 1979 following a national referendum.