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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!



I'm confused.

While researching for my bagmakers page, I wrote to Kard-o-Pak to ask for a sample of their products.

To my delight and my wife's horror, they actually responded - sending me a very nice letter explaining "the square-shaped packaging stands upright and looks attractive... a high marketing value... the customer later fills the bags and seals them at the top".

Along with no less than 14 bags, including the ultra-rare FAMET, Sevenair and Petroleum Air Services.

So why the confusion?

Several of these bags feature the DeSter star or the Günter ACS logo. I thought that Günter had been taken over by DeSter, and that DeSter and Kard-o-Pak were separate companies.

Can anyone clarify this?

Monday, June 25, 2001 

Visitor feedback

Encouraging words about from Darwin Del Rosario II:

"This is the best site of anyone collecting any airline memorabilia. The best and the one and only unique site ever. Very comprehensive. I have not seen one website out there of an airline memorabilia collector who have a website this precise and specific on everything. You have the explanations, design specifics, etc.

Soooo many things to browse in your site that I haven't done going around it."

Thanks for the kind words, Darwin. The cheque is in the
mail... :-)

Saturday, June 16, 2001 


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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