The debut of a 1940 film about Iola was anything but silent.
Chatter filled the Iola High School lecture hall as the Allen County Historical Society showed the recently discovered short film, Iola on Parade. The original film included no sound, but music was added to the digital, colorized reproduction shown to a crowd of about 80 on Tuesday evening.
Depictions of schoolboys roughhousing or employees lined up outside businesses like a bread factory, ice house or milling factory stirred memories. Members of the audience commented on the hairstyles and clothing of yesteryear: All girls wore dresses with their hair pulled back in ponytails, some boys wore overalls and others wore suits and ties.
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