Horatio Barber is back in Headline News!

Horatio Barber is back in Headline News!

“Ask Mr. Barber – He Knows.” From the back cover of Airy Somethings, originally published in Horatio Barber’s promotional pamphlet The Gold Fields of Larder Lake.

Horatio Barber was an excellent self-promoter. Due to the nature of the man and the nature of his businesses, his name was often in the news. While he worked as a stockbroker in Canada, he submitted media releases and large, wordy advertisements to the newspapers around the world.

Later, while involved in aviation in the UK, he was the subject of numerous articles in the aviation magazines of the day. Barber is also the author of several “how to” books related to flight.

Today, Barber’s name is back in the news! We are excited to announce that Airy Somethings, the Extraordinary Life of Aviation Pioneer Horatio Barber is now available online!

Below is a sample of some of the headlines that Mr. Barber generated as he travelled the world from 1892 to 1909 before he returned to the UK to work in aviation. Click on the images to launch the viewer. Feel free to comment below, or join us on Facebook!


20 thoughts on “Horatio Barber is back in Headline News!

  1. You are the clever one, Maggie Wilson ! It’s one thing writing a memoir, but entirely another writing a biography: you win ! ;D
    I should love to have a reason to write one, to get stuck into all that work researching, fining down, re-writing …
    Oh, you are the clever one alright !

    1. It has been a great project – but here’s the thing – it’s not something I planned on doing – Terry contacted me last summer, asking about the history of Cobalt, and before I knew it, I was knee-deep into research – and then he invited me to co-author the book! All via the internet!

    1. Right? I keep thinking that this should be a BBC mini-series, with Hugh Laurie as Horatio. The story has it all – Victorian derring-do, scandalous and unscrupulous behaviour, more than a few dalliances… and the lifestyles of the rich and famous…

  2. You did it! Congratulations. Is there a hard copy I can buy? I’m not an eReader person. I have a strange addiction to paper and ink and their combined smell. 😉

  3. Congratulations, Maggie on the book launch. Exciting to think it might be a film. You never know. What’s your next project now that this one is finished? Happy writing. 📚🎶 Christine

    1. Terry and I are toying with an idea for another collaboration and I’m working on the letters of a New Liskeard lawyer – already found something that would make an interesting story. Do keep us posted on your project. I look forward to reading your work.

      1. Maggie, great you are continuing to write. It’s a satisfying full time career. Let’s keep in touch on our projects. Research has gotten to be my thing writing this book. 📚🎶 Christine

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