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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!


Bagsite of the month

The January 2005 holder of this coveted award is, a bag-rich site managed by Alan Howlett.

Click on the menu at the bottom of the Bagland page to see Alan's 550+ bags in all their glory.

Friday, December 31, 2004 

Conradi in Russian coup

This is where Russian President Vladimir Putin sits when he's on the way to schmooze with his buddy, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

And below it is the barfbag he uses if he's caught in turbulence over the Baltic, or if the Bratwurst he got in Hannover didn't mix with the vodka he downed on the incoming trip.

These exclusive photos, and the bag, are courtesy of German baggist Oliver Conradi, who somehow managed to wheedle his way onto the plane to swipe bags.

Click here to see the bag in all its plain white detail, and here for more pix of the planes.

Thursday, December 23, 2004 

Profit from puke

If you wanted to get your mitts on Steve James' bag collection, you're too late. While you were twiddling your thumbs, someone snapped it up on 16 December.

Now you'll have to think of another Christmas present for your spouse.

Friday, December 17, 2004 

Sickbagman sick of bags

Sickbagman Steve James is selling up and getting out of barfbags.

The proprietor of the website is advertising his 1000+ bag collection on ebay. The asking price is GBP 1,100 - a bargain at just over a pound a bag.

"There are some incredibly rare and original bags available", says Steve.

Check out the ebay listing here. You have until 20 December to bid.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 

Designer bags

Virgin Atlantic has recognized the artistic potential of the humble barfbag. Fly Virgin over the next six months, and you can pick up one of the top 20 designs in a competition sponsored by the admirable Design for Chunks website.

Chances of my getting onto a Virgin flight are minimal, so I'll be eternally grateful if you could stuff as many as you can under your jacket and send them to me to add to my collection.

Click here for media coverage of this fine initiative.

Monday, December 13, 2004 

105 new bags posted

Over 100 new bags in the Gallery, including some remarkably tasteless movie and political bags, plus a whole slew of South Asian and South American airlines. There's even a brand new blue Lufthansa bag! Check them out here.

Click on the newer bags in the Gallery, and you'll see a larger image of the bag. When funding allows, I'll add this feature to all the bags in the Gallery. And to speed download times, I've split quite a few of the larger pages in the Gallery into smaller chunks.

Friday, December 10, 2004 


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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