The 2-dollar Franklin was bi-colored, as was its 5-dollar companion. Though planned to be printed with a red frame and black vignette, the earliest printings had a distinctly orange frame. These were available on August 19, 1918. The Bureau quickly remedied the situation and issued the appropriate red frame on November 1. It printed 791,380 of these stamps through fiscal year 1924.
The 2-dollar Franklin's obvious usages included postage on heavy items and on registered items that had substantial value and required high indemnification. The earliest stamps with the orange frame are very scarce.