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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!


Bitter disappointment

Several weeks ago, I wrote to Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Atlantic asking for a set of Virgin's Limited Edition bags for each member of the barfbags egroup.

This morning I received the following response from Virgin's media department:

Thank you for your letter to Richard, which he has forwarded to me to reply to. Thank you also for your support of our new sickbags, a project we all enjoyed immensely.
As I am sure you can imagine since the launch we have received many requests for copies of the bags. However, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate these requests, as we particularly wanted the sickbags to be covetable. To that end we made them limited edition, and apart from a few select competition prizes, only available when flying on Virgin Atlantic.

Ah well, it was worth a try.

Actually, I have to confess that I have succumbed and bought the Virgin Atlantic bagset on Ebay. The first bags I've ever obtained honestly! (The rest have either been stolen, or acquired from others who have similarly purloined them.)

I have a policy of not buying or selling bags, but the likelihood of getting free bags from Virgin was slim, and the temptation was just too great...

You can admire the full set of bags here.

I also have a single bag from the series (catalogued as virginatlantic19) available as a swap. This offer is for collectors who do not already have a Limited Edition set (be honest!).

Wednesday, February 16, 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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