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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!



Now you've arranged a bagtrade, how best to ship your precious bags to your trading partner?

Here are some options, in reverse order of advisability:

  • Write the address on the bag, stick on a stamp, and drop in the mail.
    Not recommended: The writing and stamps reduce the value of the bag as a collectible, and the mail carrier may be tempted to add an attractive bag to his own collection.
  • Fold bag in several places and stuff into small envelope before mailing.
    Not recommended: The creases are hard to remove. Try ironing the bag with a damp cloth.
  • Put bag into envelope just large enough to hold it. Tape firmly all the way round to make sure it can't escape.
    Not recommended: Desperate to get at the contents, the recipient may damage the bag while opening the envelope. Best to leave a gap in the tape to allow access without risking damage.
  • Insert bag into new envelope with sheet of card to prevent folding, then write address in giant letters.
    Acceptable. New envelopes are nice if you can afford them, and the card stiffener preserves the contents in mint condition. But the extra weight of card can make mailing expensive, and the giant lettering means the envelope is hard to re-use.
  • Place unfolded bag into large, used envelope, stick on address label, then mail.
    Recommended: This is the approach I use. Saves on mailing costs, and is in the recycling tradition of bag connoisseurs.
  • Hand delivery. Bring the bag in person to the recipient.
    Highly recommended. Don't bring just one bag: bring a boxful to trade. Also enables you to exchange bag stories with the recipient, as well as check out his collection (and perhaps steal a few bags in the process).

Saturday, November 05, 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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