Charles Magnus (16 March 1826 – 3 May 1900) was a crucial figure in the New York printing industry during the 19th century. A pioneering entrepreneur, Magnus gained recognition for producing vibrant lithographs showcasing everything from urban landscapes and song sheets to maps, bird’s eye views, and other patriotic artwork. Much of his output was used in everyday items like stationery, but he generally produced many forms of printed matter.

In addition to his role as printer and publisher, Magnus was a keen and competent colonist. As a New Yorker, Magnus was patriotic, and the impact of his output was especially notable during the four years of the American Civil War.