Wanda for her 1:55 p.m. Tuesday guess "Maybe it is an initiation of some sort."
In the 1940 photo above, members of the Sorelle Club, a Pasadena City College sorority, look on as one of 14 prospective new members goes through the rite of initiation in a Pasadena barn.
The women's hair was smeared with molasses and raw eggs, they were dressed in nightgowns and masks, and made to smoke foul cigars and grovel on the barn floor.
Thankfully, hopefully, this kind of hazing doesn't happen very often any more, if at all!
Many thanks to Pasadena City College.