Re: State Abbreviations


In a message dated 9/28/2008 10:03:50 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
eric@... writes:

Dennis Storzek wrote:

That brings up an interesting point, does anyone have a link to a list of
the state
abbreviations that were commonly used before the two capital letter codes
were adopted? When I
try to Goggle the subject, I gat about a million sites with the new codes,
not the ones used

I'm old enough to remember the older abbreviations (and they were written
like abbreviations,
capitalized first letter and followed by a
period) but only the ones I used:

Illinois Ill.
Indiana Ind.
Michigan Mich.
Minnesota Minn.
Pennsylvania Penn.
Wisconsin Wis. or Wisc.

And my all time favorite:

California Calif.

Which everyone knew meant stood for "Come and live in Florida." Old joke

As I understand it, the original state abbreviations never went out of style
in writing, only
in posting letters. Here's a website with both styles of abbreviations.

Steam era freight cars were built in nearly all of of these states.

For me West Virginia has been and always will be W. Va. It was also the
original home of the
Ensign Car Works in Huntington, W. Va.

Eric Hansmann
Morgantown, W. Va.

Try this site.


Rich Orr

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