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Quetta - Damghan

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Quetta - Damghan

Amateur colour footage by Sir Clarmont Skrine from 1943, showing the people, landscapes and landmarks of numerous places in Iran.

Amateur film 1943 17 mins

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Amateur film of Iran, shot by by Sir Clarmont Skrine in 1943. Locations shown include Zahedan, Birjand, Mashhad, Bajgiran, Bujnurd, Damghan and Persepolis. Includes scenes of Quetta, Pakistan. Various sequences showing local people (domestic activities, agricultural work), landscapes (deserts, countryside, mountain views) and landmarks. Scenes of journeys by car with soldiers; possibly on official business as Sir Clarmont Skrine was working in Iran on behalf of the Indian government at this time.

Oxford educated, Sir Clarmont Percival Skrine (1888-1974), was a civil servant and colonial administrator. He entered the Indian Civil Service in 1912 and later was transferred to their Political Service. He served as the British Consul-General in Kashgar from 1922 to 1924. From 1926 to 1929 he was the British Consul in Seistan, and was Under-Secretary of State for India and Agent for the Madras States from 1936 to 1939. From 1946 to 1948 he was the Counsellor for Indian Affairs in Tehran.