Kalmbach acquires Discover magazine
Kalmbach acquires The Writer, 1887—present
Kalmbach launches Classic Trains, 2000—present
Kalmbach moves the Bead&Button Show to Milwaukee
Kalmbach launches BeadStyle, 2003—present
Kalmbach surpasses $50 million in sales
Kalmbach acquires American Snowmobiler, (aka Lake Country Snowmobile Tracks), 1986—present
Kalmbach launches Art Jewelry 2004—present
Kalmbach produces online video content for its web sites
Kalmbach celebrates 75th anniversary
Kalmbach acquires Cabin Life magazine
Kalmbach purchases Greenberg Publishing & Shows
Kalmbach launches Earth 1992—1998
Kalmbach launches Collecting Toys 1993—1998
Kalmbach acquires Birder's World 1987—present
Kalmbach acquires Bead&Button 1994—present
Kalmbach acquires Car Modeler 1990—2003
Kalmbach acquires Garden Railways 1984—present
Kalmbach acquires Scale Auto Enthusiast 1979—present
Kalmbach breaks ground for 35,000-square-foot addition to building in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Kalmbach launches first Web sites
Kalmbach launches FineScale Modeler 1982—present
Kalmbach celebrates its 50th anniversary
Kalmbach purchases AstroMedia
Deep Sky, 1977-1992
Telescope Making, 1977—1992
Sales exceed $10 million
Kalmbach launches Classic Toy Trains 1987—present
Kalmbach purchases Boynton & Associates
Miniatures Dealer, 1978-1992
Miniatures Showcase, 1986-1993
Model Retailer, 1971—present
Nutshell News, 1971—2004
Kalmbach publishes Trains Illustrated 1988—1991
Kalmbach moves business to new 84,000-square-foot facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Kalmbach surpasses $25 million in sales
Kalmbach establishes Books Department
Kalmbach launches Better Camping, 1960—1970
Model Railroader circulation surpasses 100,000
Kalmbach launches Ships & Sailing, 1951—1959
Kalmbach sales exceed $1 million
Kalmbach celebrates its 25th anniversary
Al launches Trains magazine, 5,178 copies sold
The company moves to 1568 West Pierce Street in Milwaukee
The company moves to 1027 North 7th Street in Milwaukee
Al starts printing and publishing company A. C. Kalmbach and Co., located at 545 South 84th Street, Milwaukee.
In January, Al walks 272 copies of Model Railroader’s first issue to the post office. By July, Model Railroader’s paid circulation surpasses 1,000.
Kalmbach moves to 7611 West State Street in Milwaukee
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Discover strives to make science entertaining and understandable with crisp narrative writing and contemporary design.
Web site: www.DiscoverMagazine.com
Founding Publisher: Toni Fladmark
Cabin Life gives readers great ideas, information and inspiration for enjoying their vacation homes and every day spent there. Cabin Life is designed for the user, for anyone who loves to spend time at their getaway place and anyone planning for the time when they can.
Web site: www.CabinLife.com
Founding Publisher: Jerry Bassett
Formally known as Lake Country Snowmobile Tracks, American Snowmobiler covers the snowmobiling industry for avid enthusiasts. The magazine provides up-to-date news, in-depth snowmobile reviews and comparisons, real-world sled test results, new product information, an annual Buyers Guide and Getaway Guide, plus racing updates and vintage snowmobile profiles.
Web site: www.AmSnow.com
Art Jewelry is the essential hands-on guide for the independent jewelry maker. Our readers, from hobbyists to professionals, all share a love of making jewelry and a desire to improve their jewelry-making skills. Art Jewelry offers readers how-to articles, staff-tested product reviews, and interviews with leading jewelry artists.
Web site: www.ArtJewelryMag.com
BeadStyle the world’s best-selling beading magazine, offers easy, quick, stylish, wearable beading projects and related information for beginning beaders and others who enjoy fashionable stringing projects. BeadStyle features clear instructions, helpful tips, fashion news, and other features for all stringers.
Web site: www.BeadStyleMag.com
Kalmbach Publishing Co. and its jewelry titles — Bead&Button, BeadStyle and Art Jewelry — sponsor the annual Bead&Button Show, which takes place in Milwaukee. The Show offers more than 500 workshops and classes, and it features more than 350 jewelry vendors from around the world. More than 14,000 attendees travel from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 40 countries to participate in this event.
Web site: www.BeadAndButtonShow.com
Founding Editors: William H. Hills and Robert Luce
The Writer is the nation's oldest and most respected publication for fiction and nonfiction writers. Every month, the magazine instructs, informs and motivates its readers with comprehensive how-to advice on the craft of writing — as well as news, interviews, book reviews and up-to-the-minute market information.
Web site: www.WriterMag.com
Classic Trains celebrates the golden years of railroading in North America, roughly 1930 to 1980, with emphasis on the post-World War II era, when big steam locomotives and colorful diesels shared the rails, new streamliners criss-crossed the country, and nearly every town had a depot.
Web site: www.ClassicTrainsMag.com
Founding Editor: Alice Korach
Bead&Button publishes innovative and imaginative projects that challenge and inspire readers to learn, grow and excel. Bead&Button's editors test projects for clarity and dependability so readers can master the skills needed to create beautiful, wearable projects.
Web site: www.BeadAndButton.com
Founding Editor: Gary Schmidt
Car Modeler was an alternate-month complement to Scale Auto Enthusiast.
Founding Editors: Barbara and Marc Horovitz
Garden Railways is dedicated to model railroading outdoors. The magazine explores all aspects of this diverse, international pursuit, from installing a working outdoor railroad, to the trains, structures, and supporting earthwork. Each issue also covers tips for railroad.
Web site: www.GardenRailways.com
Scale Auto is the leading magazine devoted to car modeling. Each issue contains tips, techniques, and how-to features designed to develop and enhance the readers' model-building skills.
Web site: www.ScaleAutoMag.com
Founding Editor: Eldon Greij
Bimonthly Birder's World delivers beautiful bird photography and provides everything a reader needs to become a better birdwatcher — attracting and feeding techniques, species profiles, descriptions and directions for the best birding locations, tips for identifying birds, and more.
Web site: www.BirdersWorld.com
Collecting Toys covered the collectable trends and pricing in die-cast vehicles, action figures, tin toys, and dolls.
Earth covered such diverse subjects as volcanoes, tornadoes, dinosaurs, weather, and other subjects associated with our home planet.
Founding Editor: J. David Ingles
Trains Illustrated was an expanded gallery of reader-submitted images. Filled with dramatic images of railroading today, it inspired a generation of photographers who just couldn’t get enough in the monthly Trains.
Founding Editor:Dick Christianson
Classic Toy Trains is the United States’ leading toy train publication. It remains the trusted source of information for collectors and operators of the O and S gauge trains. Each issue showcases colorful model railroads and the latest products, and offers tips for making the most of this exciting hobby.
Web site: www.ClassicToyTrains.com
Founding Editor: David Ritchey
Miniatures Dealer targeted the trade to help manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.
Founding Editor: Geraldine Willems
Miniatures Showcase was devoted to the collecting aspect of the hobby. It was presented as a tool for the collector and shopper.
Model Retailer is the leading trade magazine of the hobby industry. Since its first issue, it has been an important source for industry news and product information. Model Retailer is also a business resource for retailers, providing advice on how to run their stores more profitably.
Web site: www.ModelRetailer.com
Acquired: 1987 (as Nutshell News)
Founding Editor: Catherine MacLaren
Nutshell News covered everything from how to create scale miniatures to collecting them. In September 1997, Kalmbach changed the name to Dollhouse Miniatures to have wider appeal and clearer identity.
Founding Editor: Stephen A. Walther
Astronomy is the world’s leading magazine for astronomy enthusiasts. It delivers popular-level stories about the science of astronomy, including cosmology and planetary exploration. The magazine shows readers what they can see in the sky each month, describes how they can observe and photograph the heavens, and features equipment reviews.
Web site: www.Astronomy.com
Founding Editor: David J. Eicher
Deep Sky was the world’s leading magazine for amateur astronomers who observe star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies with their telescopes.
Founding Editor: Richard Berry
Telescope Making promoted an activity — building your own telescope from scratch — that began in the 1920s and experienced a surge in the 1970s and 1980s.
Founding Editor: Nancy Mack
Odyssey introduced the wonders of the universe to children, bringing astronomy and space exploration to a new generation who grew up after the Apollo space flights.
Founding Editor: Bob Hayden
FineScale Modeler is the world’s leading magazine devoted to the hobby of scale modeling. The magazine offers articles and projects on models of aircraft, armored vehicles, ships, figures, cars, and space vehicles. Each issue strives to help readers enjoy their hobby more through stories that help build better modeling skills.
Web site: www.FineScale.com
Better Camping covered camping equipment, tents, destinations, outdoor cooking, and anything else related to camping.
Ships and Sailing was similar to Trains because it covered ships, passenger and cargo service, maritime history, and operations.
Founding Editor: Al Kalmbach
Trains is the most popular railroad periodical in the world. It covers contemporary topics, historical features, as well as issues and trends in railroading and the railroad hobby. Trains is truly a magazine for both professionals who love the industry and enthusiasts with a serious appreciation.
Web site: www.TrainsMag.com
Model Railroader is the leading publication in the hobby of scale model railroading. The magazine teaches enthusiasts new and old how to design, build, scenic, operate, improve, and enjoy their train layouts.
Web site: www.ModelRailroader.com