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Abbreviations were commonly used in names for businesses and government agencies

  • Mer. or Merc. for Merchants, Mercantile (Durango Mer. Trading Co.; Stein Merc. Co.)
  • Bros. for Brothers (Teil Bros. Tailors)
  • Dept. for Department (Labor Dept.)
  • Commerce Dept., Department of Commerce, Commerce Department

Variations of the official name of a corporation, church, organization, or government agency will occur, sometimes with abbreviations

  • Forest Service, Bureau of Forestry
  • Telluride Electric Light and Power Company; Telluride Elec Lt. & P. Co. Telluride Electric L. & P. Co.
  • M.E. Church South, Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • Masons, Masonic Fraternity of the United States and Canada, Free Masons

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