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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2017 10:54    Post subject: Label history  

Hi guys,

one again I made new labels for my collection because I never was perfectly satisfied with the others. After printing those new labels (I hope they will be the final ones) I started thinking about how many different styles I tried since I first printed uniform labels for the first time. I found there were at least 13 (!) different labels that I used, and I never was satisfied. Maybe there were even more than 13, but I found that number of different ones. Here you can see my "label history", the numbers 1-9 were completely printed (also the mineral and locality names), the numbers 10-13 are made for hand-writing the specimen information. I prefer the latter now and I think this is a nice tradition to keep even in a time where digital printing is common. Label no. 13 is the new style and I hope I will finally keep it ;-)

What are your opinions about those different styles, which ones do you like the most or the least? Is no. 13 nice enough to be the final version?

I would like to know how many different labels other collectors had and how those labels evolved. I know there are many different styles, from having no labels at all to high-end labels that look like those of Archduke Stephan. Browsing the MinRec label archive is a lot of fun, but I'd also like to know how the FMF community members developed the labels of their collections.

Tobi :-)



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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2017 12:36    Post subject: Re: Label history  

Thanks for the ideas although you have added to my challenge. I'm standardizing labeling after a few decades of collecting and it's a daunting task. The thought of doing it several times is intriguing?
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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2017 13:36    Post subject: Re: Label history  

An interesting process, what happens at #13? Do you use a specific pen to write with, printed or cursive script? Ink color? Then there's the card stock itself. As a fountain pen enthusiast these are my dilemmas :) For mine, I only have a small number of special specimens in my cabinet and I know the details already and a label distracts from the view of the collection and takes away space for more specimens. I'm not saying it's a bad idea to label, a well labelled and laid out collection is very attractive to the eye. Just it's not for me at this stage. I have decided on simple discrete numbering on the specimens and a notebook in the cabinet to document each specimen as best I can so the information isn't lost. With fossils I can research the specimen and add information in the future. In some cases I could add precise GPS co-ords instead of just location since I collected them myself and with the rise of google maps I can revisit the area online and find the exact spot and its GPS coords. I don't sell and am trying to get my collection into an intact state where I can donate or leave the entire collection to a museum or similar with all the best information possible.

I know labelling is more for others to find out about a specimen and I let people handle most of my specimens and they can look up the number in my notepad for themselves. I like to encourage children I trust to handle them safely, it's a better experience for them instead of the foreboding glass barrier and it teaches them how to look up the information themselves. My display is in a room I call my library so they can examine a calcite crystal and grab a book to look up calcite.

I enjoy the hobby in my own way and try to use it to encourage others to learn. I don't have new agers in my life ;)
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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2017 12:03    Post subject: Re: Label history  

Robert Seitz wrote:
Thanks for the ideas although you have added to my challenge. I'm standardizing labeling after a few decades of collecting and it's a daunting task. The thought of doing it several times is intriguing?
To see that you made "standardized labels" more than a dozen times is rather annoying than intriguing. It reminds me of the old joke "Quit smoking is easy - I've done it a hundred times" :-/
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An interesting process, what happens at #13? Do you use a specific pen to write with, printed or cursive script? Ink color? [...] I only have a small number of special specimens in my cabinet and I know the details already and a label distracts from the view of the collection and takes away space for more specimens. I'm not saying it's a bad idea to label, a well labelled and laid out collection is very attractive to the eye.
I use a simple ball pen with black ink, and I use my normal handwriting, attached you can see a sample.

I know what you mean, Steve: Somehow labels distract from the specimens, but they also look good together with them - a classic dilemma ;-)



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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2017 13:40    Post subject: Re: Label history  

Hello Tobi,

I always prefer hand written labels for a collection. Everyone's hand writing is different and the writing on the label gives it one more connection to the person who put the collection together.
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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2017 21:36    Post subject: Re: Label history  

Nice handwriting, mine is always a mess, another reason I don't label :)

So would you use the back of the label for other information for yourself? Like cost of specimen ? I guess there's no standard convention of what information must be included on a label card, or its size. Seems odd, since pretty much every specimen I buy from a dealer or at a fair has a card, and usually a nice little box I never seem to be able to find to buy elsewhere. Everyone does the same thing just differently. Sometimes the handwriting is just so attractive I wish I had everything looking as great.
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PostPosted: Mar 14, 2017 13:01    Post subject: Re: Label history  

Jesse Fisher wrote:
Hello Tobi, I always prefer hand written labels for a collection. Everyone's hand writing is different and the writing on the label gives it one more connection to the person who put the collection together.
That's the reason why I changed completely printed labels for such ones. Hand-writing the specimen information is a much more individual way of "designing" a collection.
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Nice handwriting, mine is always a mess, another reason i dont label :) [...] Sometimes the handwriting is just so attractive I wish I had everything looking as great.
Thanks Steve, but I don't think I have a nice handwriting. I would call it legible, not more ;-) Like you, I envy people who have a really nice "calligraphic" handwriting. I will never forget Ed Huskinson's labels, he has such a great writing. Ed, if you read this, I really admire your labels :-)
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So would you use the back of the label for other information for yourself? Like cost of specimen?
I put a description on the backside and some information where I got the specimen from, e.g. on the label above: "Purple fluorite XX + 1 black sphalerite X on grey matrix. Bought from Dealer XYZ, 2015".
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