National Geographic : 1958 Jul
Persian Seiners Beach Their Catch from the Caspian's Brackish Waters At Pahlavi, a major Iranian port on the Cas pian Sea, fishermen wade the shallows to set their big net. Then they labor slowly toward shore and spill their harvest onto the sands. Caviar from Caspian sturgeon finds a ready market in Russia, which shares with Iran this largest of the world's landlocked seas. An Iranian housewife does the family wash along the Caspian shore (opposite below). Holiday crowds from Babol Sar, at the sea's southern end, throng the beach on Friday, the Moslem Sabbath. Families camp for miles along the shore, each stretching a bit of canvas for shade. Vendors of iced melons and roast ing ears parade the strand. Only the most sophisticated Iranian women appear in bath ing suits; the majority, like this family group trailing a shirt-sleeved stroller, still prefer the traditional tentlike chaderi. Kodachromes by Jean and Franc Shor, National Geographic Staff, and (lower right) William 0. and Mercedes H. Douglas © N.G .S.