Taintor Brothers was a New York City publisher of city, steamboat and railroad guidebooks. For the map portions, they worked with other companies, such as H.F. Walling and Fisk and Russell. The firm was founded by Joseph Lord Taintor (1835-1881). After graduating from Yale University in 1860, he went into publishing with his uncle and brother in Connecticut. In 1866, he formed a copartnership with his younger brother Charles. The following year they began publishing a successful series of guidebooks in New York. In the 1870s they expanded into schoolbook publishing. Joseph Lord Taintor retired in 1880 due to poor health and died the following year.
Fisk and Russell was a New York City engraver of maps using the wax engraving process active in the 1860s and the 1870s. The company was an offshoot of the Jewett & Chandler Company. They produced maps for the Gaylord Watson Company and Taintor Brothers.
Full publication information: “Published by Taintor Brothers, 678 Broadway. 1868. Eng’d by Fisk & Russell, 43 Chatham St., N.Y.”
“Obituary: Joseph Lord Taintor.” Publisher’s Weekly. No. 507. 1 October 1881. pp. 431-432. Online at Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=JBQYAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA431 (16 May 2014).
Ristow, Walter W. American Maps and Mapmakers: Commercial Cartography in the Nineteenth Century. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985. pp. 335 and 473.