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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!


Second World War barfbag?

Walter Brinker paid good money on eBay for what the seller said was a barfbag from a Second World War plane.

It's made of stout canvas, and has a metal opening with a couple of screw holes, presumably to bolt it to the cockpit. A zipper opening in the canvas allows access to the interior.

My wife says it's an ancient vacuum cleaner bag. So does Silke, Walter's partner.

Anyone else have an opinion? Click on the picture for a closer look. Let me (and Walter) know what you think at

Comments so far
Courtesy David Shomper's WW2 US Air Corps buddies

I hope that you get some e-mails agreeing with me on this. I NEVER saw or heard of a barf bag during the war. Helmets. caps, clothing, floor! but never a special item for this operation.

No one gave a damn if someone got sick as long as it was not ON the guy next too him. If you notice the "grommet" at the top, it looks like it was made for a permanent installation.


I have ZERO KNOWLEDGE of this object; however I would have to agree with the naysayers on this one.

First the steel rim looks heavy and with those sharp edges would be both dangerous and tear up an airline seat. Second, this thing looks like it is big enough to handle a barfing Hippo!

My 2 cents for what it's worth!


Regarding the WWII bag, is this a serious question? It appears to have flange that would attach to some kind of machine. It appears to have been used, how does it smell. Is it waterproof, having some sort of water resistant lining? A vac bag is porous so that air can flow through it and so would moisture. Is there any history in the barf bag industry that could offer some info on WWII use?


Walter, I think you better start shopping for an old vacuum cleaner!

Maybe it is an engine air filter for a very inexpensive airplane?


Monday, June 13, 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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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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