Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bag Lady

A Brief History of the Messenger Bag

It All Started on a Telephone Pole
The bicycle messenger bag, as we know it today, has its roots in New York City in the 1950s. Legend has it that Globe Canvas, owned and operated by the late Frank Demartini, began manufacturing heavy-duty canvas shoulder bags for telephone linemen. These bags were designed for easy access to tools and supplies while the linemen  were suspended on telephone poles.

In the late 1970s, bicycle messengers in New York began using bags from Globe Canvas for their daily deliveries. In response to increasing motor vehicle congestion in rapidly growing cities, the bicycle messenger profession grew. The bicycle messenger community developed an identifiable subculture.

I found a website for messenger bags that will last longer than you will. The company is based out of San Francisco and has some really good looking bags.

I got the history from their site.


  1. ahem.... the bags david and I use are better than timbuk2's .... what about CHROME?!?!?

  2. Actually, William, Timbuk2 was around before Chrome, and I think quality wise they are parallel.
    But I haven't used either so I could be wrong.