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1877 Stoner Bird's Eye View Map of Burlington, Vermont

Birds Eye View of Burlington and Winooski VT. - Main View

1877 Stoner Bird's Eye View Map of Burlington, Vermont


Rare view of one of Vermont's most beautiful and historic cities.


Birds Eye View of Burlington and Winooski VT.
  1877 (dated)     22.25 x 28.5 in (56.515 x 72.39 cm)


A beautiful 1877 bird's-eye view and map of Burlington and Winooski, Vermont by Joseph J. Stoner and E. Meilbek. The view looks on Burlington from a point to the southwest high above Lake Champlain, with Main Street at the center of the map eastward proceeding from the lake.. In the distance, to the northeast, the neighboring town of Winooski is well drawn across the Winooski River. Even farther, the forested Green Mountains are prominent. The view is based on artwork by E. Meilbek, of whom almost nothing is known.
Publication History and Census
The view was published in 1877 by the Madison, Wisconsin, firm of Joseph John Stoner. There appear to be at least two states, one a 3-color chromolithograph, with a large upper horizon region, and a slightly smaller black and white version, showing less sky over the horizon. Both seem to have appeared in 1877. The view is based upon a drawing by E. Meilbek and was lithographed and printed by Shober and Carqueville, Chicago. All states and examples are rare. We note one reference in the OCLC, locating the Library of Congress example. Further examples are known at the Vermont Historical Society and at the University of Vermont, Burlington.


Joseph John Stoner (December 21, 1829 - May 1917) was a Madison, Wisconsin based publisher of bird's-eye city views active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Stoner was born in Highspire, Pennsylvania and apprenticed as a carver of ornamental chairs before turning to publishing. He partnered with the bookseller Ephraim T. Kellogg of Madison, Wisconsin, for whom he was a traveling agent. His career in views began around 1867 when he met and befriended the bird's-eye view artist Albert Ruger, who was sketching Madison that year. Ruger and Stoner partnered and began publishing city views under the imprint 'Ruger & Stoner.' The partners traveled extensively through the Midwest publishing some 11 city views under their joint imprint - although there may be as many as 62 others unattributed. The partnership partially dissolved in 1872 although they continued to work together on a contractual basis. Stoner subsequently traveled even more extensively, hiring young artists to sketch city views in such wide ranging destinations as Texas, Maine, and Oregon, among others. He produced a total of some 314 views with various artists including: Albert Ruger, Herman Brosius, Thaddeus M. Fowler, Augustus Koch, Albert F. Poole, Henry Wellge, Joseph Warner, and Camille N. Drie (Dry). Stoner died in Berkeley, California in 1917. Learn More...

Charles Shober (February 1831 - c. 1900) was a German-American lithographer and painter. Shober was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1854. He established himself in Philadelphia, at 17 Minor Street, where fellow lithographers and map engravers George Worley and Benjamin Mathias, also worked. His first lithograph in America appeared in an 1855 issue of The Horticulturist. In 1857, he partnered with Charles Reen to establish 'Reen and Shober' at 5 South Sixth Street, Philadelphia. The partners relocated their business to Chicago (106 Lake Street) in 1859. Reen left the firm in 1859 and Charles took a new partner, August Roth, printing under the imprint of 'Charles Shober'. They met with considerable success, until 1871, when like many Chicago businesses, the Great Fire laid them low. After the fire, he took over management and partial ownership of the Chicago Lithographic Company, which had been founded some years earlier by Louis Kurtz and Edward Carqueville. Kurtz's interest in the firm was acquired by Shober and it was renamed 'Charles Shober and Company'. Sometime after 1876, the firm's name changed to 'Shober Lithograph Company', and then in 1877, to 'Shober and Carqueville Lithograph Company'. Despite infighting, the firm prospered, printing views, posters, maps, trade cards, and sheet music. In 1887, after a prolonged dispute with Carqueville, Shober left the firm. He traveled briefly then took a position as president of the Chicago Bank Note Company. Shober's son died in a tragic suicide in 1896, after which, Shober seems to have vanished from professional life. He appears in the Chicago directory as late as 1900. Learn More...


Good. A few repaired tears and minor fill repair upper right margin. Laid down on archival tissue.


OCLC 823938101. Reps, John, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America (University of Missouri, Columbia, 1984), #4052.