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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!


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Saturday, December 30, 2006 

The original bagcake?

Ah, but David Bradford's wife wasn't the first to come up with the idea of a bagcake.

Here's a photo of Hamburg-based baggist Wolfgang Franken and his wife, about to tuck into a Finnaviation-branded chocolate cake during a visit to the headquarters back in 2002.

Wolfgang seems to have faded from the bagscene. Perhaps the cake gave him indigestion?

Friday, December 29, 2006 

Bagcake for oldest baggie

What better way to celebrate the festive season than with a bagcake?

David Bradford, who claims to be the world's Oldest Baggist, celebrated his 75th birthday recently with this fine cake featuring miniature icing bags from Ansett New Zealand, Philippine Airlines, Thai, Air New Zealand and JMC.

What a delightful way to celebrate a lifetime's devotion to our noble cause.

Friday, December 29, 2006 

Lucky the bag made it down empty

The river in Lesotho was swollen, so we called up Melvin, the pilot of this Mission Aviation Fellowship plane. He landed at the village airstrip, then flew us over to the other side of the river. The shortest (7 minutes), cheapest (100 rand = €7) and most enjoyable flight I've ever been on.

My son didn't like the turbulence though. He got out of the plane looking rather green.

Lucky I had asked Melvin for a souvenir bag (sadly, a mere standard Sic-Sac offering) first. If my son had been sick, he would have had to throw up out of the window.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 

The Clemens eBay Report for November 2006

Bagwatcher Gerd Clemens was disappointed by Ebag action in November 2006...

"This was not a very exciting month for barf bags at Ebay. Neither in maximum bids nor in number.

Winner for the month of November is Air Malawi at a final bid of €68.89. This African airline was founded in 1967 following dissolution of Central Africa Airways. Their fleet is small and consists out of one Boeing 737 and one ATR 42-300.

Bag of the month is Precision Air from Tanzania in Africa which came in as #2, 8, 9 and 20, at prices of €51.00, 26.35, 25.85 and 13.05. Precision Air started operation in 1994 as air taxi company. Recently Kenya Airways has bought 49% of their shares, and the fleet includes 7 ATR planes.

Star Peru is a domestic carrier from Peru. With €45.50 last bid was surprisingly high.

Loftleidir Iceland came in as # 4 and #29 at prices of €42.60 and €10.03. This airline has an old history; founded in 1944 the carrier was well known because of low cost fares on the North Atlantic in the 60s and 70s. They
were merged in 1973 with Iceland's flag carrier into Iceland Air. Since 2003 Loftleidir Iceland has again operated as a charter company. The offered bags are from this later time.

Another Peruvian airline is Aero Condor which serves domestic destinations. Their bag was sold at €34.28 which is rank # 5.

The successor of the Cypriot airline Helios is ajet. Their bag was sold at a very high price of €29.52 again, maybe due to the fact that ajet has declared insolvency.
A vintage bag from French carrier UTA was sold at €26.60.

Nature Air from Costa Rica is a bag very often in the top list. This month Nature Air came in as # 10 at a price of €25.09.

Bulgarian BH Air supplied a very special bag. After this bag was launched they found out very fast that quality was not good enough. Therefore they withdraw the bag from their planes and just few hundred bags came to public.
This rare bag was sold at a price of €20.50.

As in July Paramount Airways from Southern India is top ranked. It came in as # 12 at a price of €19.80. As I have some spares left I have attached at scan and if somebody is interested he should send me a mail.
An old bag from Malaysia Airline in red and yellow was on sale during the last months. This time this bag was bought at a price of €16.01.

The Yugoslav carrier Aviogenex in red was rank # 14 at €15.90.

A bag without name of the carrier but looking like the Loftleidir bag mentioned above was bought at a price of €14.56.

It is surprising that Iraqi Airways still exists. A white bag with green logo almost a plastic bag came in as # 16 at a price of €14.11.

Oman Aviation was # 17 at €14.10.

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines is a new low cost carrier so price was relatively high at €13.70.

A vintage bag from defunct airline Spantax was sold at a price of €13.13.

A full collection of memorabilia from Dutch carrier Transavia included an old air sickness bag. This bag was attractive enough to buy the whole collection at €12.68.

Ansett New Zealand came in at a price of €12.58.
Air Tahiti Nui is a quite exotic airline. Prices for their barf bag has gone down during the last few months, but the bag is still around at a price of €12.50.

Again MAS Malaysian Airline Systems this time in green was at €12.30.

Peoplexpress was a North American airline which operated from 1981 to 1987 before their operations were merged into the operations of Continental Airlines. This bag came in as # 25 at a price of €11.61.

CMA Cargo Moravia Airlines is from Czech Republic. Such a bag was bought €11.01.

A vintage Indian Airlines bag with beige paper and orange printing was sold at €10.62.

Another defunct airline is Transbrasil which stopped operation in Dec 2001 because of financial problems. Their plastic bag was sold at €10.51, which is rank # 28.

As I mentioned before this was not an exciting months at it seems that December too will be very boring."

Thursday, December 07, 2006 


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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