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the magical world of airsickness bags

Welcome. This is what my wife calls "a bunch of stupid jokes and pictures of paper bags." She's right about the jokes. She's wrong about the bags: some of them are plastic.

What the critics say: "Utterly unnotable" (Wikipedia editor). "Ridiculous collections #4" (Buzzfeed). Other comments: "As complete wastes of time go, it's a very high quality complete waste of time... An entirely dispensable source of inane comments about a truly trivial subject... A monument to the planet's worst corporate design... An unwelcome reminder of some of the more unpleasant moments in our lives."

Donations (unused, please) of bags not represented in the bag gallery are welcomed -- please mail to this address, and I'll credit you on this site! I am happy to trade any extras that I have. Check out the links to other bag sites, find out how you can use your spare bags, and explore the fascinating world of bag manufacturers

Highlights: The design features page reveals the secrets of professional baggery, and the logos page analyses the enigma of airline corporate identities. Search for your favourite bag, browse the bag gallery by country and airline, and check out the biggest, best and worst bags!


Celebrity bags!

Most bagophiles prefer their bags in mint condition - fresh from the seat pocket in front of you. They sneer at bags which have been used, damaged or defaced.

But "signed" bags do have their value.

Antony Thomas, who works for a bag supplier, reports that one of his customers once witnessed two cabin stewards almost come to blows over a barfbag into which an A-list celebrity had copiously heaved.

That's Michael Douglas with a Pluna bag on the left, along with Rambo sporting the latest JMC model.

Saturday, May 31, 2003 

Can we ever catch up?

Big Cheese, er, Big Bag, Niek Vermeulen, has added to his collection.

The 2004 Guinness Book of World Records reports that he now has 3307 bags from 755 airlines.

Check out Niek's entry in the Guinness website, and you can also learn about the highest toll from an airplane disaster and the most parachute descents by a woman.

In comparison, I'm still just what my wife calls a mickriger Kleinsammler ("miserable little collector").

That's Niek on the left on Air Force One (the Big Pretzel's plane), with a sheaf of Air Force One bags. He says that he had permission to take them...

Apparently Niek is interested in selling his collection. Click here for more.

Friday, May 30, 2003 

Not just bags?

Interested in airlines, and not just the contents of their seat pockets? There are lots of airline websites out there.

Three of the best (ie, those that recognize the noble art of bag-collecting) are Crewstart, ThirtyThousandFeet and Ken's Aviation.

Links to airlines, airline jokes (check out Crewstart's phoney airport information-desk announcements), dating for pilots and flight attendants, travel tips, and lots more.

Sunday, May 25, 2003 


What do Latvia, Liberia and Lesotho have in common? Yes, they all start with an L. What else? They're all missing from my barfbag collection.

What's the biggest country not represented? Chad. In terms of population? Burkina Faso. Other prominent absentees (coloured red in the map): Georgia and Rwanda. 

Major underrepresented portions of the globe are a swathe of Africa and chunks of Central Asia and Central America.

Donations from these areas especially welcome!

Centres of megabagdiversity are the USA (though many US bags are distressingly plain), China, the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Indonesia. 

Click here for details.

For new baggists only


New to the world of bag collecting? Want to get a head start on your collection? Then send me an email, and I'll send you a randomly selected free starter pack from my surplus bag stock. There won't be anything rare, and you may end up with some duplicates, but at least you'll be able to show your friends a few more of these lovely cultural artefacts. Make sure you include your mailing address in your email. Offer good as long as stocks last.

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