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Founded in 1964 by the late Carl H. Sturner, Audio-Visual Designs has been a leader in providing high quality railroad images products for over 4 decades. The business was originally located in Earlton, NY. The name was derived by the products sold at the time audio soundtracks of trains well as visual items (post cards, books, & calendars). The first All Pennsy Calendar was published in 1966 and for many years used exclusively the photos of Don Wood, a long time friend of Carl's. In the late 80's, Carl started showcasing other photographer's work as well. Railroad Christmas cards were added to the line of products early on and with a few exceptions have featured real photos of trains in action. Three railroad books have been published by Audio-Visual Designs: I Remember Pennsy, Locomotives in My Life, and The Unique New York and Long Branch: all of which were projects worked on by Carl and Mr. Wood. Audio-Visual Designs has also published books for other non-railroad related organizations.

By the time of his untimely passing in 1995, Carl had grown Audio-Visual Designs into an established icon in the railfan community - providing an enjoyable aspect of both the railfanning and model railroading hobbies. We serve many excursion railroads, museums, and hobby shops with stock post card images, greeting cards, custom products and the All Pennsy Calendar.

In 1997, the business was purchased by us (Joe & Colleen Suo) and moved to the present Herkimer, NY location. Due to the timing of our purchase of the businesses and the initial raising of funds, there was a 2 year gap in the All Pennsy Calendar production (for those of you have been wondering). For the years 1997 & 1998 there were no Pennsy calendars. We have maintained and expanded the level of quality in our products and services established by the founder.

We thank you for your continued enthusiastic support as we continue to keep up with the ever-changing technology woven into our industry.