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April 06, 2008



I was 10 - Always carried my books in front of me. Never, ever, ever heard of or had a Satchel. Never, ever, ever had a backpack like kids nowadays. Not sure about blackarm bands - maybe early 70's? My brother got in trouble for wearing one in 1970 - they were hot then - were they in 1968? Not sure - benefit of doubt on that one. But I don't believe the book bag - No Such Thin'


Are you calling me a liar, Dody? I and every girl I know had a bookbag and book satchel.


Bookbags, satchels and more were common in the days of the American Revolution for transporting documentation.

They were the requirement for the West during the great expansion into the Western North American continent.

Because one didn't wear one in college was their loss.

I wore mine back when I was in college in the late 80s carrying all my engineering books, pencils, calculator, and drafting supplies.

History of the Messenger Bag (satchel):


This type of bag has been used in the transportation of mail and goods by numerous types of messengers, including Pony Express riders, postal workers, messengers on foot (especially in ancient times), and bicycle couriers. Some Royal Mail carriers in the United Kingdom currently use large messenger bags to deliver mail.

The design of the modern messenger bag traces its origin to the utility lineman's bag of the 1950s made by Globe Canvas.[citation needed] It allowed lineman to carry necessary tools within easy reach while climbing utility poles. Later adapted by New York City bicycle messengers using Manhattan Portage bags, each company would typically use a different color to identify the messenger's company.


Similar in function to backpacks, messenger bags ensure comfort to people carrying heavy and/or bulky items, while allowing easy access to the contents.

Messenger bags typically incorporate features that make them particularly suitable for cycling, such as fittings that make it easy to adjust the shoulder strap, quick release buckles, and the ability to attach a variety of accessories such as lights, phone holsters or U-locks. Stabilizing straps help to prevent the bag from shifting while riding. The top-opening one-strap design allows messenger bags to be easily swung around front so that their contents can be easily accessed without having to remove the bag.

Messenger bags are often used as a fashion accessory. While they can be found in the possession of either gender, they are often commonly employed by men in a function analogous to a woman's purse (that is, to carry bulky items that do not fit into pockets, or a large number of items, while doubling as a fashion accessory). Messenger bags have also become fashionable in urban environments, among cyclists and commuters. College and high-school students make use of them as well, for fashionable as well as functional purposes, especially those who commute on bicycles. Compared to a backpack, it is much easier to place and remove text-books, notebooks, essays and supplies from a messenger bag because they lie on the side of the body, granting the wearer better accessibility. Messenger bags also provide more weather resistance than traditional leather school bags.


This story does have the feel of an elaborate practical joke, but there's definitely a set of people who are sincerely calling Hillary a liar over this. I find this utterly bizarre.

Daniel Swartz

I would appreciate if you would question Obama about why he doesn't Support the American Flag. You questioned Govoner Palin on the Israel Flag which i think was good and ok. I can't understand what is wrong with the American people to even consider putting someone in the White House who doesn't even Support our own American Flaf

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