Within each copy of Carrier Pigeon Volume II issue no. 4 is is a four-color letterpress "Death Letter," with six hand stamps, by Phil Sanders.
Phil Sanders Death Letter Four-color letterpress with 6 hand stamps, 2012 letter size—11 x 8.5 inches envelope size—4.25 x 9.5 inches edition size—1,000
Printed by Phil Sanders,stamping by Sara Sanders and Phil Sanders, printed at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
Death Letter is a play on the themes of the absurdity in war, politics, and personal relations in Joseph Heller's Catch 22. It contains a blacked-out section of the book from the chapter on the
soldier in white. The intention was to create a new way of looking at
the cynical death of a soldier. It was an attempt to read a salute to
the soldier in white, between the lines. The blacking out is a nod to
the central character's role as a screener, or reviewer, of soldier's
letters home in the book. The title, Death Letter, and the design
of the envelopereference letters mailed in the Victorian era to
mark the passing of relatives. Often these letters featured a black band,
or edges, on the envelope and stationary and were mailed faster for a