Władysław Teodor  Benda Mask Benda family photo
Kathy Pinna

Władysław Teodor Benda Mask

Władysław Teodor "W.T." Benda was a famous mask maker (and artist) in the early 20th century. He was born in Poland but he came to California to visit and aunt and decided to stay in the U.S. He moved to New York and studied art. He was so good at making masks (for theatrical productions and other venues) that any life-like mask became known as a "Benda" mask.

In this photo, Mrs. Benda (Romola Campfield)poses in a costume (Golden Goddess) and mask, both designed by Benda.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris and Ewing
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