Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 07:13:01 -0500
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From: Kathryn Goguen <kgoguen@VOYAGER.NET>
Subject: Safe labels/ID
Mostly I'm just on this list to learn and I don't say much, but during this
past winter, with time on my hands and no garden work, I decided to enjoy my
shells by doing digital photographs of them. I grouped 5-8 shells together
on a photo so comparative sizes are obvious. I had the idea from the book
Collector's Gde to Seashells of the World, by J. Eisenberg. I especially
like that book because you have a sense of relative size that few other
books give you.
I used Adobe Photoshop to type names and numbers on the photographs, and
then printed them and put them in an album with a little description.
The shells were grouped by family of course. My regular storage is in
plastic bags with the label and number with the shell, in drawers in the
closet. I feel badly because I have a nice collection of about 750 specimen
shells and can't really enjoy them much since they are put safely away. I
do display some of the large shells.
With the album, if labels get separated from shells it is easy to identify
the stray shell. It was fun project for about 3 weeks.
I also have the collection on a data base. I just used Microsoft Works,
starting with a blank data base, and assigned categories: species, genus,
family, size, source, location, etc etc - each time I get a shell I add it
to the database. You can sort by each category and print out copies of the
list. Computers are wonderful things.