Interesting Facts about Franking – By Mailcoms
Interesting Facts about Franking
Whether you frank mail regular, or if you have never franked mail before, the interesting facts on this blog are things you probably didn’t know about the franking industry. As franking is a much cheaper way to send mail, it is becoming more and more popular.
So for anyone that wishes to know more about franking, here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about franking machines and the franking industry.
- In Italy, mail could be sent Free of Charge to the President, until 1999 when this “Franking Privilege” was abolished.
- Some government officials have something called a “Franking Privilege”. This allows mail to be sent without the need of a postage stamp or any other sign of signed postage.
- ALL franking machines MUST have a license to use them.
- ALL franking ink that is used in a franking machine MUST be Royal Mail Authorised
- The first ever franking machine was invented by Edward Franks (Engle Frankmussler).
- The word “Franking” comes from the Latin word for “Francus”, which translates as free.
- Some franking impressions require Two different ink cartridges. One for the top half and one for the bottom half of the frank.
- As late as the 1990’s, when you needed to top up your franking machines postage, you had to take the entire machine to your local Post Office.
- A franking machine was originally operated by hand, until technology advanced so that electronic machines could be used.