Tag: British Aviation Pioneers

Wildcat

Wildcat

Barber’s Open Call Mining Exchange was in the heart of Cobalt’s commercial district, “The Square.” All were welcome to join, as long as they could afford the $50 membership fee.  The building was located on Argentite Street, opposite to where the Golden Age Club is located today. By the end of 1906, Barber had moved … Continue reading Wildcat

Why Airy Somethings?

Why Airy Somethings?

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?

Straighten up and Fly Right

Straighten up and Fly Right

Horatio Barber enjoyed celebrity as an aviation pioneer in the early 1910s. He joined the ranks of other wealthy British flyers and he considered his work a “hobby”. He announced his retirement from aviation in 1912 explaining that it was too expensive to build a new plane every two to three months. In 1964, in … Continue reading Straighten up and Fly Right