Anna Coleman Ladd was a sculptor from Philadelphia, living in Manchester, Massachusetts who devoted herself to helping disfigured WW1 soldiers. Working from a cast of the individual's face, Anna created a lifelike mask which the solider could wear in public.
Reading about this made me think of Boardwalk Empire and Richard Harrow who wore a tin maks over half his face due to disfigurement during WW1.
Read about this amazing woman and her work at
Anna Coleman Ladd- American sculptor who devoted her time throughout WWI to soldiers, who were disfigured
You can also review her documents and papers at Anna Coleman Ladd papers, circa 1881-1950
Image credit: American Red Cross Studio for Portrait-Masks File:
Scrapbook 1914-1933. Box 2, Folder 70 on Archives of American Art