True story: in addition to being one of Boston’s most prolific sculptors and a published novelist, Anna Coleman Ladd applied her artistic skills to creating prosthetic masks for soldiers disfigured in WWI. She founded the Red Cross Studio for Portrait Masks in Paris in 1917.

Top: WWI soldier facial reconstruction documentation photograph

Bottom: WWI soldier facial reconstruction documentation photograph

both circa 1920 / American Red Cross, photographer.  Anna Coleman Ladd papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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