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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!


Don't throw out of the window

Aidan's bag has a handwritten note with the date - 1936...

Walter's is in mint condition

On modern Lufthansa aircraft, you're lucky if you get a bag at all. And if you do, you have a limited number of places to put it when full. Don't want to hand it to the cabin crew? Then you can put it on the floor, under your seat, or perhaps pass it to your neighbour across the aisle.

Back in the 1930s, lucky passengers had an extra option: they could open the window and drop the bag out. This was frowned upon in densely populated Germany.

So Lufthansa came up with a solution: boldface text on the bag saying "Nach Gebrauch, nicht aus dem Flugzeug werfen, sondern schliessen und auf den Boden stellen" (After use, do not through out of the aircraft, but close and place on the floor").

The Olde Bagges section of displays several examples of this genre, including this fine example belonging to British baggist Aidan Stradling.

Is this the same as Walter Brinker's Lufthansa bag, displayed on the same page? Or did the German aviation pioneer make subtle changes to its bag design even at this early stage in aviation history?

Friday, February 08, 2008 


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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