Early Free Franks

Early British Free Franks

Free Frank cover from England signed by the Earl of Dartmouth
UNITED KINGDOM FREE FRANK FRONT ADDRESSED TO HINTON HOUSE, ALRESFORD, HAMPSHIRE. This front, dated July 10, 1832, bears a double-lined Free mark and is signed by William Legge, the 4th Earl of Dartmouth.
Free Frank front from England, with a Sunday postmark
UNITED KINGDOM FREE FRANK FRONT. Posted in London on Sunday, February 17, 1839, and addressed to Malton in Yorkshire. The Sunday mark indicates a one-day delivery delay. Postal officials postmarked the cover again on the following day.

Pre-Independence Free Franks

Benjamin Franklin free frank cover
FREE FRANK SIGNED BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, APRIL 1765. This folded cover with additional page was posted to John Hancock, Merchant, Boston. A third party wrote the letter, but Franklin posted it, probably as a favor.
Benjamin Franklin free frank cover
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TO MRS. HOPKINSON, PHILADELPHIA, 1766. Free frank cover sent from London, England, to New York via Packet Boat. This cover is signed "B Free Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin, who served as Deputy Postmaster General.
Enclosed letter is dated May 9, 1766. This red circular Free marking was used in London beginning in 1766.