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Meet Steve Silberberg of Air Sickness Bag Museum in Hull

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Silberberg.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Steve. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been collecting Air Sickness Bags since 1981. On an uneventful United flight from Boston to San Francisco I was rummaging through the seat back, saw the bag and thought “I’ll bet nobody else collects these”. I was wrong.

The collection turned into an online museum that now features almost 3000 unique bags.

Has it been a smooth road?
Since the museum is not for profit, it’s only as large as the amount of time I’m willing to put into it. The biggest struggles are when I sustain “losses”. For example, the post office delivered a special 6′ tall bag (yes, really) to me on one of the windiest days of the year. They left it out front and the wind took it away, never to be seen again.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My specialty is bags that were never meant to be used for motion sickness. For example, horror movies occasionally distribute bags to patrons as a gimmick for getting them in the door. Or sometimes bags are printed with political figures on them. Even a bank (that makes aviation loans) has distributed a barf bag. Those are my favorite.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I know this is a Boston-centric piece but the museum could really be anywhere. I do hope to one day get a storefront along Nantasket Beach and run the museum as a “Biggest Ball of Twine” type attraction.

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