John Cunliffe
17th August 1925 - 28th January 2023

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John Cunliffe passed away on 28th January 2023. He will be fondly remembered by BOS convention goers up to the mid 90's. John spent his last years firstly in a flat in Hastings, then in a care home in St. Leonards on Sea where he was very happy. He will probably be best remembered for being founder of the Envelope and Letter Folding Association (ELFA), as noted in the article by David Lister from his "Lister List" series: "The real launch of ELFA was in London in September, 1992. It coincided with the 25th anniversary convention of the BOS, which was held at the Middlesex Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), opposite Madame Tussaud’s waxworks. To preserve the independence of ELFA, John wisely did not want it to be associated closely with the BOS, so he organised a separate exhibition of envelope and letter folding to take place concurrently at the nearby Sherlock Holmes Hotel. The hotel took its name because its main entrance was in Baker Street, not far from the reputed residence of Sherlock Holmes himself.

The exhibition was very successful and many people attending the BOS convention visited it. On display were folded letters and envelopes and other items of postal history not only from England, but also from France and Holland."

A full tribute to John appears in BOS Magazine #339 - April 2023. This is available to download from the BOS website here.

Also see:

  • David Lister's article about Envelopes, Letters, Tatos & ELFA here.
  • Elsje van der Ploeg's new ELFA-e website here
  • Paula Versnick's Envelopes and Letterfolds page on her Orihouse website here
  • David Lister's "Books on Envelopes and Letterfolds" article here

Notable achievements: Founder of the Envelope and Letter Folding Association (ELFA). John also produced 5 booklets (2 published by the BOS) indexing the BOS Magazine from issues 1-200.

BOS Honours: Sidney French Medal; Honorary Member

BOS Booklets: No.8 - Napkin Folding; No.21 - The Silver Rectangle; No.23 - Index: BOS Magazine 1-100; No.24 - Index: BOS Magazine 101-120; No.25 - Envelope and Letter Folds

Some more tributes received:

Bosmail post from Penny Groom 21/2/23: I have just received the sad new from Steve and Megumi Biddle that John Cunliffe (ELFA) passed away on 28th January and it was his funeral last Friday. John spent his last years firstly in a flat in Hastings, then in a care home in St. Leonards on Sea where he was very happy. He will be remembered by BOS convention goers up to the mid 90's. There will be an obituary in the BOS magazine in due course. Penny

BOS Mail "We are so sorry to hear that John Cunliffe has left us. A full tribute will be coming soon. In the meantime you may wish to read this article about John from the Lister List on the BOS Website."

Very sad news. John has been one of the most active and enthusiastic members of the BOS, we'll miss him a lot. ❤ Roberto Morassi

An extraordinary life as a paperfolder (and letter/envelope). Laura Rozenberg

 

 

 

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