Masks from Anna Coleman Ladd's Portrait Studio

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Plaster casts, used to make masks for WWI-era wounded soldiers, line the wall of the Portrait Studio in Paris. Anna Coleman Ladd worked in that studio, doing her best to help men who sustained disfiguring facial injuries during the Great War.

Part of the American Red Cross Collection, at the Library of Congress, the photo—from July, 1918—has this title:

Masks, showing different stages in the work done by Mrs. Coleman Ladd of the American Red Cross, for soldiers whose faces have been mutilated in the war.

It also has this summary:

Photograph shows casts taken from the soldiers' muitilated faces; the lower row shows the faces which Mrs. Ladd modelled on the foundation of the life mask with help of photographs taken before the wound was received.On the table are some of the final masks made to fit over the disfigured part of the face.

We also know, from the Library of Congress, that the photo was given to the media in 1918:

Print supplied to to Western Newspaper Union, 9/24/18.

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Original Release: Jul 07, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Mar 07, 2018

Media Credits

Photo, described above, from the American Red Cross Collection at the Library of Congress. LoC Catalog Number 2007676089. Public Domain.


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