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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!


Recognition at last

Airlines are beginning to vie for the lucrative baggist market. First came Virgin Atlantic with its pioneering Design for Chunks and Revenge of the Sith Limited Edition series.

Now there's a new bag from Germanwings that explicitly recognizes the worldwide popularity of baggery: "Zur Erinnerung an alle Sammler: Tüte nur leer ins Album kleben!" it says.

In English, that translates as "Reminder to all collectors: Stick only empty bags in the album!"

Kudos to the Germanwings management for being the first to officially recognize the noble avocation of baggery.

Friday, October 21, 2005 

Be careful when opening the overhead locker

It's a good idea to check the overhead locker above your seat, says Dutch baggist Niek Vermeulen. If you're lucky, something might just fall out - straight into your collection.

"You always wondered why my stock is so large", says Niek. "Here's one of the answers. On such a richly laden tree, five or six plums will not be missed."

Niek found this trove of newly issued bags on an Air Philippines flight from Manila to Guangzhou.

Next time I check in, I'm going to ask for seat 16A, in the hope that Niek hasn't got there first.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 

Another airline, another bag

Excited email from the frozen wastes of northern Germany: Hamburg-based baggist Oliver Conradi says he has "the most wanted bag on world - the only one available in the moment on earth!"

Baltic European's inaugural bag is a blue fountain fill with a lion's head logo (I wonder how many big cats there are in Latvia)?

"This is the 1st prototype of this airline and it is not for sure that all aircraft get this bag", reports Oliver, who also enclosed a shot of the cabin interior as proof that he was on board. The seats are a dark regal blue, with business class in plush velvet, which nearly match the bag.

I suppose that if the bags did blend in too well with the decor, they would be difficult to see in an emesis emergency.

Saturday, October 01, 2005 


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. 

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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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