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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!


Damaged bag?

Is your prize barfbag less than complete? Has it lost one of its most vital components - second only to its watertight base? Did the wire closure snag on the the seat pocket when you removed it, and tear off?

Look no further: now you can repair your bag with the real thing: genuine Sick Bag Strips from Schutte Bagclosures.

Schutte can supply Sick Bag Strips in green, white or brown (other colours on demand) so you can repair your bags with an original-looking strip.

The strips come pre-cut in lengths from 40 mm to 400 mm (that's nearly long enough for even the largest barfbag), or precision wound on reels of up to 2000 metres.

2000 metres? That's enough closure strips to run the full length of an Airbus A380 thirteen times. On both decks. Should be enough to last a lifetime of repairs for even the most destructive of baggists.

Order your supplies here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 

Bagsite of the Month, May 2008

The prestigious Bagsite of the Month Award doesn't normally go to a site without any bag pictures at all. But the Awards Committee has made an exception this month by nominating Russell Buckley's site for this accolade.

Manchester-based Russell isn't really interested in bags, but he hoovers up any he can find in order to swap them for the real love of his life, airline safety cards.

His bag swaps lists contains 248 items - which puts him at a respectable 41st place on the official Rich List. Not bad for a non-baggist.

Baggists eager to enrich their collection could do worse then browsing his list for needed items.

The Awards Committee wishes to point out that this award in no way condones the unauthorized removal of safety cards from aircraft. As is well-known, aircraft that lack a full complement of safety cards are more prone to fall out of the sky than those fully equipped with this vital item of passenger safety education.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 


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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