Charles Shober (February 1831 – 190?) was a German-American printer, publisher and lithographer based in Chicago, Illinois. Shober immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1854, already a trained lithographer. His first lithograph in America appeared in an 1855 issue of The Horticulturist. He quickly established his business in Philadelphia and was listed in the 1856 city directory as a lithographer based at 17 Minor Street. In 1857, he partnered with Charles Reen to form Reen and Shober, located at 5 South Sixth Street, Philadelphia. Following the railroad boom, the partners relocated to Chicago where their joint business dissolved. Shober struck out on his own, publishing a map of Ypsilanti in 1859. Shober operated in Chicago both independently and in a variety of short lived partnerships until the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. 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 left the business in 1876 and the company was renamed Shober and Carqueville. Despite infighting, the firm prospered by issued views, posters, maps, trade cards, and sheet music. Carqueville and Shober both took on additional partners and battled over the ownership of the company until it was dissolved after a devastating explosion and fire in November of 1895. Shober went on to become president of the Chicago Bank Note Company. He died sometime shortly after 1900.

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