The following pages are from the National Iranian Oil Company's newsletter — Mash'al-e-Abadan, “Torch of Abadan” — published from October 1965 to January 1966. They were bound and given to me by my mother, the late Shirin Bakhtiar, who was the newsletter's reporter/editor.
Her reign did not last very long, though. As you will see, some of the content and design is not what you would expect to see in an official company newsletter in a little town at the tip of the Persian Gulf in the mid-60s. It was too artistic (and weird) for an audience largely made up of engineers.
It was years after starting iranian.com that I found out about these newsletters and the extent of my mother's involvement — or adventures — in journalism. Even so, the similarities between Mash'al-e-Abadan and iranian.com are obvious, to me at least. They are an odd mix of hard and soft content.
I understand why my mother was asked to stop working on the newsletter. She was having way too much fun with it. She specifically mentioned that she was scolded for publishing — on the front cover — a photograph of smiling fireworkers casually hanging around their fire truck. It promotes chaos and lack of discipline, she was told, basically.
Oh how wonderful it is to publish whatever your heart desires…
From the very beginning until her death last November, my mother was my biggest moral and financial supporter. Reproducing her Mash'al-e-Abadanis my little gift to her on this Mother's Day. [See her at work in the General Office in the late 60s here]