At the age of 12, Al buys small printing press to start a neighborhood newspaper, The Milwaukee Sun.
Starts printing and publishing company A.C. Kalmbach and Co., 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.
Founding editor: Al Kalmbach
Description: Model Railroader magazine 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
Kalmbach moves to 7611 West State St.
Al launches Trains magazine, 5,178 copies sold
Trains Launched: 1940
Founding editor: Al Kalmbach
Description: 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.Trains.com
Moves to 1027 North 7th Street in Milwaukee
Model Railroader circulation surpasses 100,000
Kalmbach launches Ships and Sailing, 1951-1959
Ships and Sailing, 1951-1959
Description: Ships and Sailing was similar to Trains because it covered ships, passenger and cargo service, maritime history, and operations.
Kalmbach sales exceed $1 million
Kalmbach celebrates 25th anniversary
Kalmbach launches Better Camping, 1960-1970
Better Camping, 1960-1970
Description: Better Camping covered camping equipment, tents, destinations, outdoor coking, and anything else related to camping.
Kalmbach establishes Books Department
Kalmbach launches FineScale Modeler
FineScale Modeler, 1982-present
Founding editor: Bob Hayden
Description: 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.
Kalmbach celebrates 50th anniversary
Kalmbach acquires AstroMedia
Astronomy magazine, 1973-present
Founding editor: Stephen A. Walther
Description: Astronomy magazine 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
Deep Sky, 1977-1992
Founding editor: David J. Eicher
Description: Deep Sky was the world's leading magazine for amateur astronomers who observe star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies with their telescopes.
Telescope Making, 1977-1992
Founding editor: Richard Berry
Description: Telescope Making magazine promoted an activity that began in the 1920s and experienced a surge in the 1970s and 1980s - building your own telescope from scratch.
Founding editor: Nancy Mack
Description: Odyssey magazine 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.
Sales exceed $10 million
Kalmbach launches Classic Toy Trains
Classic Toy Trains, 1987–present
Founding editor: Dick Christianson
Description: 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
Kalmbach purchases Boynton & Associates:
Miniatures Dealer, 1978–1992
Founding editor: David Ritchey
Description: Miniatures Dealer targeted the trade to help manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.
Miniatures Showcase, 1986–1993
Founding editor: Geraldine Willems
Description: Miniatures Showcase was devoted to the collecting aspect of the hobby. It was presented as a tool for the collector and shopper.
Model Retailer, 1975–present
Description: 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
Dollhouse Miniatures, 1971–2004
Acquired: 1987 (as Nutshell News)
Founding editor: Catherine MacLaren
Description: Nutshell News covered everything from how to create scale miniatures to collecting them. In September 1997, the name was changed to Dollhouse Miniatures to have wider appeal and clearer identity.
Kalmbach publishes Trains Illustrated, 1988-1991
Trains Illustrated, 1988–1991
Founding editor: J. David Ingles
Description: 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.
Kalmbach moves business to new 84,000-square-foot facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Kalmbach surpasses $25 million in sales
Kalmbach purchases Greenberg Publishing & Shows
Kalmbach launches Earth, 1992-1998
Kalmbach launches Collecting Toys, 1993-1998
Kalmbach acquires Birder's World, 1987-present
Founding editor: Alice Korach
Description: 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
Kalmbach acquires Car Modeler, 1990–2003
Car Modeler, 1990–2003
Founding editor: Gary Schmidt
Description: Car Modeler was an alternate-month complement to Scale Auto Enthusiast.
Kalmbach acquires Garden Railways, 1984–present
Garden Railways, 1984–present
Founding editors: Barbara and Marc Horovitz
Description: 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
Kalmbach acquires Scale Auto Enthusiast, 1978–present
Scale Auto Enthusiast, 1978–present
Founding editor: Gary Schmidt
Description: 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
Kalmbach breaks ground for 35,000-square-foot addition to building in Waukesha
Kalmbach launches first web sites
Kalmbach launches Classic Trains
Kalmbach acquires The Writer, 1887-present
Kalmbach moves Bead&Button Show to Milwaukee
Kalmbach launches BeadStyle magazine
Kalmbach surpasses $50 million in sales
Kalmbach acquires American Snowmobiler, (aka Lake Country Snowmobile Tracks), 1986-present
Kalmbach launches Art Jewelry
Kalmbach produces online video content for its web sites
Kalmbach celebrates 75th anniversary