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I had always used either white fingernail polish or white paint, writing with a quill pen using India ink, none too successfully because 40 years later only a few are still readable after a couple of decades storage outdoor. Maybe I would have had better luck if I had coated with something like clear polish

But what’s best for longest legibility

AT 81 I hope to live 24 more years

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After buying many old collections I have come to think most labeling methods are hopeless. One of the best I have seen is a whiteout painted dot with a number written on the whiteout. The number system then correlates to the actual cataloged of specimens. Paper toe-tags are my preference for items I do not intend to display.

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After buying many old collections I have come to think most labeling methods are hopeless.
Had that’s been my experience as well

I would not bet on any method of long term labeling if the material are stored outside.

I’m afraid you’re right
Haderly mentioned the white out but even that's not going to last forever outdoors.
Thank you Steve. However often it’s the ink that disappears not the whiteout
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