A Man and His Vision
The year was 1934, and an ambitious young man named Miles Kimball went into business with a simple idea: to market a custom Christmas card in which the design spelled out the name of the sender. Armed with a Minneapolis phone book and some borrowed cash, Miles printed and mailed a card personalized with “Johnson” to every household with that name in the Twin Cities. The response was overwhelming, providing him with enought seed money to produce his first catalog, which mailed the next year.
The mission then was simple: providing folks with an assortment of unique and unusual gifts by mail. Miles knew that shopping by mail saved time and money, and soon, the customer base grew and grew.
Sadly, Miles died in 1949, but the company grew under the leadership of his partner in life and in business, Alberta. Mrs. Kimball’s leadership continued throughout the 1970’s, and the company flourished.
She died in 1996, leaving a legacy of customer care, community service and well-priced merchandise that continues to be the cornerstone of our business. We honor her with “Mrs. Kimball’s Candy Shoppe”, a collection of sweet treats that we introduced in 2006.
Today, all of our operations are still based right here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, nestled in the valley of the Fox River. Miles’ mission continues to be our mission: providing you with outstanding product, great value and customer satisfaction.
Throughout 2010, we invite you to visit frequently and explore the great deals and special anniversary offers we’ve prepared. We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves, including offers of familiar products you’ve loved throughout our history. It just goes to show you—good ideas last forever. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life for 75 years. Here’s to many, many more.
A Look Back
The decade opened with "Operation Desert Storm", after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait led to the short-lived Gulf War. During the next few years, the collapse of the Soviet Union led the United States and Russia to sign treaties reducing arms and chemical weapons, and the Cold War officially ended. Bill Clinton succeeded George HW Bush as US President, and South Africa elected Nelson Mandela as President. A player's strike in 1994 caused the cancellation of the World Series of Baseball. Young golfer Tiger Woods won his first Masters tournament. The Chicago Bulls dynasty was born. Let by Michael Jordan they won six NBA Titles.
It was decade of growth, as the Dow closed above 10,000 for the first time. The Space Shuttle docked with the Russian Space Station, Mir. Around-the-clock news networks brought the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales to television. New diseases including Ebola, Bird Flu and Mad Cow made national news. Sitcoms ruled TV, popularizing shows such as Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, Friends and Married With Children. The movie "Titanic" made box office history, and so did its soundtrack, featuring Celine Dion's powerful voice. Johnny Carson retired and was replaced by young comedian Jay Leno. The term "Y2K" brought predictions of computer failure, most of which were unfounded, and a new century dawned. As the world prepared for the new millennium, Miles Kimball company broke ground on a new 288,000 square foot distribution center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.