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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!


Break up with a bag

Been wondering how to tell your Significant Other that it's all over? Try writing it on a barfbag, like an anonymous author did... then left the bag to be found at Los Angeles International Airport:

"I think this is it for us... You don't even know how much of a tremendous loss this is for me."

A rough draft, perhaps?

The bag appears in Found Magazine. See the Washington Post report of 7 November 2004 for more.

Thursday, November 11, 2004 

Bag inventor in Hall of Fame

This is Gilmore T. Schjeldahl, who created the first plastic-lined airsickness bags for Northwest Airlines in 1949. This feat earned him a place in the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Oh, he also helped invent the telecommunications satellite - a minor achievement compared to his services to air travel.

Mr Schjeldahl died in 2002.

The University of North Dakota Library has a special collection devoted to Mr Schjeldahl; it includes material on the pioneering 1949 bag.

Click here and here for more.

Thursday, November 11, 2004 

Free bag for Kerry voters

In sympathy with John Kerry supporters, I'm giving away a free barfbag to bag collectors who claim to have voted for him. Offer good as long as stocks last.

Email me to request your free bag (I may post your comments on this site!) Please allow at least a month for delivery - I'm in Bangladesh at the moment, and don't get back home till the end of November.

If you're a Bush voter, I suggest you buy your own bags from eBay.

Kerry picture adapted from the Book of Ages.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004 

Sickbagman moves house

Noted collector Steve James has moved his website. Visit his new home here.

Wednesday, November 03, 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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