(1) The fannish era (1933-36), as defined in Speer's Numbered Fandoms theory, of course. But also any fan who was been involved in the microcosm, in any form of fanac, prior to 1938. See also Numerical Fandoms.
(2) The club, First Fandom, is the brain-child of a group of fans consisting of C. L. Barrett, MD., Don Ford, Lynn Hickman, Bob Madle, and Lou Tabakow. In its early literature, it describes itself as being "a fun-loving organization like the Shriners and Cooties. And First Fandom is for the old-timers. The date of December 31, 1937 has arbitrarily been made the cut-off date. Anyone who can show any connection with any aspect of science fiction fandom prior to that date is eligible for membership."
The group calling itself "First Fandom" today is a club descended from First Fandom, but no longer has many First Fandomites as members and has abandoned the requirement of actually having been active during First Fandom.
|from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959|
|No direct relation to the era. Don Ford, Bob Madle and some others organized this group too close to our deadline for any of its activities to become evident. Its membership is restricted to folk who indulged in any sort of fanac before 1938, and apparently it is intended as an historical and continuity-maintaining group.|
|from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944|
|(Speer) - The period up to 1936. It was marked by interest primarily in science and science-fiction. Fanzine material consisted mainly of forecasts of lineups in the pros, interviews with prominent authors, fan fiction relating to the pros, fan science fiction, novelty fiction by groups of pro writers, new advances in science, discussions of why s-f is in a rut or sex in science-fiction or the relative important of plausibility and good style. Douglas Webster uses the term to indicate the first fans of Great Britain; Carnell, Gillings, Hanson, Mayer, et al. who continued dominant into 1938, and were mainly interested in the aforementioned subjects, and also in sociological questions.|