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(Did you mean a Cleveland club?)

After correspondence, the club (or fan club) is the oldest form of fanac, slightly predating the first fanzine.

The first club in fandom's history, was either the Science Correspondence Club, often dismissed as having been, at least nominally, about science rather than sf, or the Scienceers, a New York City local group, while the Scienceers' clubzine, The Comet, is considered by most fanhistorians to have been the first real fanzine.

Fancyclopedia 1 used the term club, which Fancy 2, oddly, changed to fan club. Fan club (or fanclub) is rarely used now -- fans just say club or sf club. This is perhaps because of the prevalence of the mundane definition of fan club -- a sycophantic group devoted to one particular film, TV show, actor, or, less commonly, writer.

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
The best fan club is about two feet long, made of hickory or ash, with a ring of sharp steel spikes at the end. It is useful for clearing an escape-route from a smokefilled room and in various other ways which will suggest themselves to the reader. But the organization which we designate by this term is a group of persons who meet face-to-face every so often; the word is often misused. Fan groups actually called clubs include ISFCC, JVPC, Impossible Story Club, and an indefinite number of local groups; quite aside from the colloquial designation of any organized fan group as a "club".
From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944
An organization of persons who meet in person every so often; the word is often misused. Fan groups with this name include the Impossible Story Club, ICSC, JVPC, WGCC, Outsider's Club, SFCC, Stranger Club, Solaroid Club, and Cosmos Club.

See also: 20th Century Fandom - 34th World SF Convention Bidding Committee - 38th World SF Convention Bidding Committee - 49th Ward Regular Science Fiction Organization, Inc. - 4th Street Fantasy Society - A Carleton University Speculative Fiction Organization of Sorts - A Wealth of Fable - ABC - ACC - AFA - AFSF - AHWA - ALAMO - APA - ARS - ASFO - ASFS - ASFiC - ASIO - ATSFA - AURORA - Aardvark Writing Group - Aberdeen University Science Fiction and Fantasy Society - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films - Acme SF Corporation - Actifan - Adelaide SFL - Adelaide Science Fiction Association - Adelaide University Science Fiction Association - Adrienne Losin - Aftermath - Ah, Wilderness: Forty Years of Colorado Fandom - Alabama SF Association - Alan Dorey - Albany State SF Society - Albany State Science Fiction Society - Alberta Science Fiction Society - Albion Futurian Society - Albuquerque Fanzine Appreciation Society - Albuquerque SF Society - Albuquerque in '85 - Albuquerque, NM - Alforbundet - Algis Budrys - Alien Science-Fantasy Club - Allen Glasser - Allison Williams - Almack's Society for Heyer Criticism - Alpha Centaura - Alpha Centaura Sub

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