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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!


Bagsite of the month, August 2007

Bagsite of the Month for August 2007 is Michael Cooper's site.

Michael (on the right in the picture) is a retired University of Berkeley professor who lends a bit of academic kudos to the profession of baggery.

He has a small collection, but he claims to have stolen all the bags himself, from planes he has flown on (no swaps, no purchases, no scrounging bags from ground crew).

Worth a visit to his site to watch the CBS news video of his collection.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 

Bagdesign book is must-have

Eine Welt voller Tüten: Abfalltüten aus Flugzeugen

Tina Strube, 2007

Fachhochschule Münster, Germany

An exquisitely presented, 266-page homage to the barfbag by Ms Strube, a design student at the Technical College in Münster, Germany. Based on Thorsten Hecht's collection, this book displays hundreds of bags and their design details, traces the history of each airline's bag design.

In German, but don't let that put you off if you don't speak the language. The pictures and the design speak for themselves.

Hardcopies not available. Click here to download PDFs.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 


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. 

Click here for details.

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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