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This circa 1917 newsreel film shows American sculptress Anna Coleman Ladd and her assistants creating prosthetic masks for soldiers who had suffered facial disfigurements in battle.

Funded by the Red Cross, Ladd's Parisian Studio for Portrait Masks was a safe haven for the almost one hundred young men who made use of her services, many of whom felt unable to show their faces in public due to the extent of their injuries.

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See the Smithsonian article Faces of War for more information on Ladd's work.

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