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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!


Still looking for a present for the baggist in your life?

Want to show the baggist in your life how much you care?

Then nip down to your nearest IKEA furniture store and pick up a MAREK lamp.

Modelled on the iconic DeSter block-bottomed barfbag, this lamp has a metal base and a sturdy paper shade. It's sealed at the top to make it easy to hand to the cabin crew without leakage, and features a handy thumbhole to let you hang it on the wall.

The MAREK lamp stands 96 cm tall, including the optional wheels - something that no airline has ever thought of adding to its barfbags.

The lamp comes in a variety of attractive colours, including American Airlines plain white, United blue, Sky yellow, Bali Air purple, USAir red, and Aero Lyon green.

This initial lamp series comes free of any airline logos. But IKEA does sell a set of marker pens that you can use to create your own bag designs. If you do so, don't forget to add a manufacturer's logo in the gusset.

If you can't make it to a bricks-and-mortar IKEA store before Christmas, try ordering online.

Thanks to Wolfgang Franken for sending me such a lamp - a wonderful surprise just before Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 


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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