It is possible that the image from the March 1909 edition of Punch was on Barber’s mind when he wrote Airy Nothings, a small book of six chapters and a poem. Horatio penned the curious volume while he was on a fortnight’s leave in Torquay. Most of the chapters are lightly disguised accounts of his … Continue reading Why Airy Somethings?
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When conducting historical research it's always a treat to uncover connections to famous people. Of course, one must tread with caution before stating absolutely that Horatio Barber had ties to inventor Thomas Alva Edison and the WWI Ace known as The Red Baron and the early 18th century pirate Stede Bonnet. In Airy Somethings, our … Continue reading Name Dropping
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 … Continue reading Horatio Barber is back in Headline News!
My advance copy of Airy Somethings has arrived! The proof reading is underway and I am up to Chapter 2 titled, "1893 to 1897: Barber in Australia. Travels, Adventures and a Taste for Gold." After I brightened the image of an Open Call at Hannan’s, I recalled the question that set our research project into … Continue reading What is an Open Call Exchange?
We are so excited! After a year of research and writing and countless emails back and forth across the pond, we finally pushed the button: Yes, please! Send us proof copies of Airy Somethings: the Extraordinary Life of the Aviation Pioneer Horatio Barber. While we wait for those proofs to arrive, I thought now would … Continue reading While we Wait