PRI's The World Edit this Published by PRI's The World How artists and sculptors healed maimed soldiers during World War I Listen Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/394358/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend There were no face transplants in the era of World War I. But there were masks. And for disfigured soldiers returning home from the Western Front, these face masks were a lifeline.