Franking Privilege Extended for Return Mail

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Summary

United States Congress extends the franking privilege to allow anyone authorized to use penalty envelopes to enclose them with return addresses to any person from whom official information is desired.

Subject

  • United States Postal Service
  • United States Congress

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901, p. 961.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 840.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 5, 1884

Topic

  • Finance
  • Franking privilege

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