This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I + 1 video)

Anna Coleman Watts Ladd was an American sculptor whose work changed many lives

In late 1917, Ladd was inspired by sculptor Francis Derwent Wood who created face masks for severely injured WWI warriors in his “Tin Noses Shop”

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After that, Ladd founded the “Studio for Portrait-Masks” where she provided cosmetic masks for badly disfigured WWI soldiers

3This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I

During this era, injured men battled with the psychological stress of worrying what people would think about their damaged appearance

4This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I

The so-called mutilés were so wounded, some of their faces were barely recognizable

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6This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I

These victims were referred to as “the most tragic of all war’s victims” since most of them were doomed to a life of total isolation

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8This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I
9This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I

Using her incredible talent she saved many men and changed their lives forever

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11This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I
12This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I

In 1932, to honor her charitable work, Ladd was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French Government

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14This Woman Gave A Second Chance To So Many Soldiers Whose Faces Were Severely Injured In World War I

Watch this video to learn more about Ladd’s work!