There are clubs in airports and then there are clubs of people who like
all things aviation. How about when Tanya Ott took us to meet members of the
Airline Historical Society? Those folks collect all kinds of things
related to the airline industry...ALL kinds.
by Tanya Ott
Well, I asked everyone I talked to who's the weird of the weird in airline
memorabilia collecting and each came up with the same answer: the barf bag
"My name is Robert Gorve, I'm from San Diego, and I collect barf bags."
When you tell people you collect barf bags, what's their reaction?
"A mixture depending on how well they know me between surprise and horror,
but basically it's puzzlement, was the overall impression."
Where do you store 'em all?
"Each bag that I have is individually framed and is hanging on my bathroom
Why the bathroom and not another room?
"The dinding room for example? There is a limit to propriety."
Bob Grove isn't the only barf bag guy; they're seriously trading these
things. So serious that one collector from Amsterdam is scrambling to buy
up every bag he can. He walks around airports wearing a yellow shirt and
a hat that says "I want barf bags," just so he can make the record books.
My sources tell me the Europeans have an edge on Americans; in fact many
of the largest airline sickness bag collections are found in Germany, and
just this fall, one of the top American collectors, a guy from Ft. Worth,
Texas, sold his entire collection to a German. It seems barf bag collecting was
getting too - well - cutthroat for him.