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January 19, 2001 – March 26, 2001
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Location: Benjamin Franklin Foyer, Atrium Escalator Cases
On view are examples of envelopes "franked" by presidents from Jefferson to Carter. The franking privilege (the use of a signature as postage) began in the Colonial era so that officials could disseminate information about the newly established government. The franking privilege was conferred to members of Congress and to each president while in office.