Air Sickness Bag Museum

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: May 26, 2008 • References: airsicknessbags
You've flown before, and you know there are air sickness bags in front of you, but you've never bothered to study the design of one -- even if you've had the misfortune of having to use one.

Apparently, as proven by the existence of the Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum, some people do find fascination among products like this.

The museum's curator, Steven J. Silberberg, has a collection of airline barf bags from around the world, put together both from his personal travels (though he's never left North America) and from those of generous donors.

"The Happy Sacks, as pilots call them, are listed alphabetically and are annotated with other information such as vintage, description, donor, and commentary," Silberberg says.

"One can tell a lot about an airline's image from their Air Sickness Bags. Some barf bags are no more than a baggie with a twist tie, while other sickbags could win international design competitions. Are they art? I think so. You decide."

He also offers a free starter kit consisting of three bags of his choice. All you have to do is mail him your address, and he'll help you get things rolling.

On his front page, he also mentions that, ironically, he is single.

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