These are squabs. They are nestling-age pigeons.
This is also a squab.
But you know what’s also a squab? The blue seating mat is a squab.
And this is a squab. Not the two cushions though.
And here are two squabs. The four cylindrical cushions are not squabs. They’re bolsters.
Another place to see squabs are on boats. Here’s one, with matching bolsters and cushions.
And proving they don’t have to be rectangular, here’s the classic squab installation in the bow of the boat – they now act as sleeping mats – but they’re still squabs.
And they don’t have to be simple rectangles. Here are squabs that act as cushioning for the back-to-back seats in small boats. They’re covered in vinyl fabric because of the wet conditions on board. In the photo they have been removed from the boat and are sitting on someones floor. Although this example looks like a piece of upholstery it is in fact a squab – because IT IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE SEAT – it can be removed.
What else is a squab? The green, padded seating on this sun chair is a squab. As long as it can be easily removed, it’s a squab.
And finally .. spot the squabs. They are the removable seat pads. Are the two vertical pads at the back squabs? Why yes, yes they are!
Fabric covered seating pads (or occasionally backrests), usually rectangular but not always, that can be removed in one piece from the seat, and that aren’t cushions or bolsters.
A collection has to start somewhere. Here’s my Frankenstein collection so far ..
(l,r) “Frankenstein”, Mary Shelley and “This Dark Endeavor”, Kenneth Oppel
“Frankenstein“; Mary Shelley (1818 edition)
“This Dark Endeavor“; Kenneth Oppel (A YA book focusing on the young Victor before all that monster business. Continued in “Such Wicked Intent“.)
I’ve just finished reading these five trades.
Gotham Central volumes 1-5
They collect the 40 issue Gotham Central run of Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, and Michael Lark for DC comics that ran from 2003 to 2006. Apparently it never sold well as monthly issues but was kept around because the trades did well. It also received several awards.
And the stories are great. They are police procedural stories set in the superhero world of Gotham City focusing on the members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department. They are in fact the first police procedural stories I’ve ever read and I really liked them. I’m glad DC stuck with them even while the comic sales were not that great. They are a great way to get a different view of the superhero universe.
It makes me wonder why DC aren’t developing these types of books more with an aim to expand their market. I think a new Gotham City Police Department comic paired with a Daily Planet comic would be a great angle on the Batman and Superman families of books and attract new readers who may not be initially interested in superhero comics. I think it’s an untapped market that DC should exploit.
Each book would act as gateway comics for those readers into the world of Batman’s Gotham and Superman’s Metropolis.