Camera Clubs
Among amateur photographers of all ages, taking pictures has long been a sociable activity. The invention of small, portable cameras allowed friends to travel together without being burdened by cumbersome tripods and heavy equipment. Unlike golf clubs, women have always been welcome in camera clubs.
In the early 1900's, Kodak formed The Brownie Camera Club for boys and girls and held an annual contest for kids under the age of 16. In this undated, c.1910 booklet, the Class A 1st prize winner, among 4072 entries, was a girl, Anna B. Moore, of Chatham, N.J.

Her prize-winning photo "The Stoker" is at right. Class A meant she had developed and printed her own photos.
My father, Ben Cooper, was an active member of the Baltimore Camera Club for years. As a child I often accompanied him on weekend "camera runs."

He's standing in the back row of this 1950 photo.
This photo came from Ebay. I have no idea who these people are but they appear to be a happily diverse camera club group.