Toronto. With the proliferation of fast cameras and films, photographers began to search for a simple support to rest the camera or long lens on. More flexible than a tripod; steadier than hand held, especially when depth of field was narrow.
Impromptu supports could be made from clothing sitting between the gear and the ground on a car hood, door window opening, rock etc.
A bag began to be offered without stuffing, The buyer could use what ever media he desired. As one wag (Lester Lefkowitz) put it, “… if you get lost in the woods, you can eat the beans.”. And, even today you can find these bags at various price points.