Military Duffle Bag Detail
A duffel bag (or duffle bag, kit bag, gym bag) is a large cylindrical bag made of cloth (or other fabric) with a drawstring closure at the top.
The name comes from Duffel, a town in Belgium where the thick cloth used to make the bag originated. More recently, a duffel bag typically refers to the specific style of bag, though the phrase may also be used to refer to any large generic holdall or a bag made of thick fabric.
It is often used to carry luggage or sports equipment by people who travel in the outdoors. Duffel bags are also often used by military personnel. When used by sailors or Marines they are sometimes called seabags or "ditty" bags.
The duffel bag acquired considerable status in the surfer sub-cultures of post-WW II California and east coast Australia. In the case of California, this probably grew out of its use in the late 40s and 50s by ex-Navy personnel. In Australia its use became popular in the early 1960s: carrying a duffel bag was synonymous to being (or pretending to be) a 'surfie'. The other marker was bleached blonde hair, an effect obtained by using peroxide or lemon juice, which simulated the effects of prolonged exposure to sunlight and contact with salt water. Australian duffel bags of the early 60s were made of canvas and were usually light khaki or faded ochre in colour. Dispensing with the use of rope to pull the eyelets of the top together, the 'surfie' would simply hold the throat of the duffel bag - containing towel, swimming trunks and other personal belongings - in one hand and sling it over his shoulder (they were very rarely used by beach-going girls). Their use had died out by the mid-1960s, by which time they had became shameful artefacts.
Military Duffle Bag