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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!


Hanging bags

If you haven't traded bags with Niek Vermeulen recently, it's because he's lent all his swaps to a museum.

The biggest baggist on the planet (that's him on the left) has allowed the Open Air Museum, at Arnhem in the Netherlands, to suspend hundreds of his spare bags from the ceiling.

The bags hang in a room designed like an aeroplane, just out of reach. Like a flock of frustrated oxygen masks on a particularly eventful flight.

Visitors can relax in aircraft seats while they watch a video of Niek talking about his hobby, his motives and his collection.

It's not known whether there are any bags worth nicking in the seat pockets in front of you.

Or how many times drinks trolley comes past while you're riveted to the screen.

This is all part of an exhibition entitled "Spaarstation Dingenliefde", which features collectors and the passion of collecting.

"The rest of the exhibition shows collectors of pipes, cruxifixes, piggybanks, tattoos, dollhouses, the Dutch royal family and memorabilia of a famous Dutch singer'" says Caroline Berkhof of the museum's staff. "It is not so much about the objects as about the passion of the collectors for the objects."

She did not elucidate how one goes about collecting the Dutch royal family.

Definitely worth a visit: see on how to get there.

Thanks to Ms Berkhof for this info and the photos.

Tuesday, March 08, 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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