dot-matrix vs. laser printer labels

Monique D. Reed monique at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Tue Aug 6 08:23:45 CDT 1996


My $0.02--even on dry herbarium labels which almost never see the
light of day, we have had significant fading of dot-matrix printed
labels.  I think it has something to do with the quality of the
*ribbon* used in the printer, as well as the paper.  We still have
the best luck with old-fashioned hand-typed labels done with a carbon
film ribbon on 100% cotton paper.

If in doubt about the toughness of papers and inks, one can always do
the "Texas Torture Test"--work up a sample and leave it on the
dashboard of your car for a summer.  If it survives--you've got a

Monique Reed
Texas A&M University

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