IRĀN/LA REVUE IRAN, the first philatelic magazine ever published in Persia; it was published from Mehr 1302 to Bahman 1311 Š. (September 1923-February 1933) as the organ of Kolub-e bayn-al-melali-e Irān, a society founded by Naṣr-Allāh Falsafi (q.v.), the chief editor of the magazine, for the international exchange of stamps, books, and other collectibles. It was a bilingual Persian-French quarterly periodical (the French title was La Revue Iran) that concentrated on the news of the club and informative details about postage stamps in Persia and other countries. It also printed poems and articles in Persian, usually by Falsafi himself and occasionally by Saʿid Nafisi, with some English and French translations, but philatelic notices were all by Mirfaḵrāʾi. The back cover of the magazine was often in French and carried the image of a Farwahr (see FRAVAŠI) shown in a circle as its logo.


Iran was printed initially at the Majles printing facilities and subsequently at Bosfor printing house. It appeared in 10 single or double-column pages of approximately 15.5 x 20.5 cm. The magazine was sold exclusively to subscribers at the annual rate of 1 toman, but the club members received it for free. A complete set of it is available at the Central Library of Tehran University, and scattered issues are kept at ʿAllāma Ṭabāṭabāʾi Library in Shiraz.



Yaḥyā Āryanpur, Az Nimā tā ruzgār-e mā, Tehran, 1995, pp. 146-48.

Ṣadr Hāšemi, Jarāʾed o majallāt I, pp. 316-18.

Mortażā Solṭāni, Fehrest-e majallahā-ye fārsi az ebtedā tā sāl-e 1320 Š., Tehran, 1977, p. 16.

Giti Šokri, “Fehrest-e majallahā-ye ketāb-ḵāna-ye āsiāʾi,” FIZ 29, p. 352.


(Nassereddin Parvin)

Originally Published: December 15, 2006

Last Updated: March 30, 2012

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