No, it’s not something they were required to wear as punishment by the Juvenile Corrections Dept., or to warn off the public. These boys were members of the Molestors Club, in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1945. Life magazine did a photo essay of teens there; here’s the link to the rest of the shots. “Clubs” then were a sort of a cleaner-cut version of gangs, and have long disappeared with so much of kids’ free time, especially from affluent neighborhoods like these kids came from. And that name probably wouldn’t go over too well today…can you imagine the uproar?