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Wardair (Winpak)

Wolfgang Franken claims this is from Wardair, though there's no evidence on the bag itself to back him up. The bottom says "Winpak", but I think they make bags rather than fly aircraft. 

Thanks, Wolfgang (2000) 

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Wardair (DRG)

Like many Canadian airlines, Wardair has switched bagmaking allegiance (to DRG), but hasn't improved its bag design.

Thanks to Ken Pugh. (2001)

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Wardair (DRG Packaging)

Roomier bag from the Canadian carrier.

Thanks to Ken Pugh. (2001)

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Wardair (plastic)

Some people like their bags to be clinically clean: free of folds, chewing gum or ethnic food stains. I, on the other hand, like my bags to tell a story. Here's how Bruce Kelly describes the progeny of the top specimen:

"I was camping in the Yukon Territories in Canada this summer and at a camp ground I met a chap from Nova Scotia. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was describing my barf bag collection and without a word, he stepped into his tent and brought out this bag which he had his toothbrush and toothpaste in. He had apparently been using it as a toiletry bag for some 15 years while on the road. He insisted on giving it to me as a contribution to my collection. I already had one (in better shape) and I just couldn't throw it away as he was so proud to come up with a Canadian bag for me."

If you've ever traded bags with Bruce, you'll know that he likes his bags crispy and new, so I can understand that this ragged item felt out of place in his collection. He gave it to me for free. Good chap.

Below is a scan of a mint-condition version of this bag, courtesy Gerhard Lang. As far as I can tell, it's identical to the tatty bag above, but has not had to bump around in the bottom of a rucksack for 15 years.

No, I'm not going to throw out Bruce's bag just because I've got a mint-condition replacement.

Thanks Bruce. (2001) 

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