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Previously Rockhounding

Previously Rockhounding

By Currently Rockhounding
Welcome to the Previously Rockhounding Podcast where we explore the world of rockhounding and lapidary from the ye olden days of the 1970s and 1980s through the lens of vintage issues of Rock & Gem magazine.
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Episode 1: June 1975

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Episode 9: December 1976
We enter another hectic holiday season in this issue, which is complete with a gift guide, simple project ideas and is chock-full of ads for  amusing products. We also are unclearly called to action by some PSA ads, and learn more than we ever wanted to know about Mexican agates and treated turquoise. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!
01:20:42
June 30, 2022
Episode 8: May 1976
In this issue we read multiple articles that offer little more than common sense, such as how to clean minerals; how to keep yourself safe from belt and pulleys; and more bicentennial jewelry guides. We also genuinely learn about some exciting places in Mexico and mediocre off-label uses for lapidary equipment. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!
01:12:19
June 19, 2022
Episode 7: April 1976
This issue proclaims to be the "1976 Rockhound and Lapidary Guidebook". In it, we find many interesting ads for products that have been lost to time and some that seem a little out of place. Rock shows come up a lot in both ads and articles and we note how they've changed, but not necessarily for the better. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!
01:19:22
June 04, 2022
Episode 6: March 1976
In this episode we read about rockhounding in southern California and southern California-adjacent areas, and learn one good idea and many not so good ideas for using tumbled rocks. We also get our hopes up on a deceptively titled article.
58:57
May 26, 2022
Episode 5: February 1976
In this episode America's bicentennial is drummed into us by way of a number of projects and ads, we learn more than we ever wanted to know about quartz crystals and we finally read an article about a rockhounding in our neck of the woods.
57:17
May 11, 2022
Episode 4: December 1975
In this episode we find a number of things that haven't changed through the years. We are tricked by deceptively titled articles (Rock & Gem articles are the YouTube videos of the 1970s), read about who is allowed to call themselves a rockhound, and discuss an article describing step by step instructions for risking one's life for the sake of crystals. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!
01:11:06
April 28, 2022
Episode 3: November 1975
In this episode we are pleasantly surprised by some very elaborate ads and great field reports from Mexico to Oregon. We also read about some DIY projects that we will definitely not be trying ourselves. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!
01:13:39
April 15, 2022
Episode 2: July 1975
In this episode we discuss rockhounding trip guides from Texas to Canada, speculate on product placement in articles and try to see the images in a celebrity’s rock collection. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!
01:01:12
April 10, 2022
Episode 1: June 1975
Join us for our very first read through of Rock & Gem magazine. In this episode we talk about how much has changed and yet how much has stayed the same in the world of rockhounding and lapidary. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!
36:33
April 10, 2022
Episode 0
What is Previously Rockhounding? Join us for our very first episode where we talk about why we’re reading old Rock & Gem magazines and what we’re expecting to learn and to read! Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast for cover art and more!
12:38
April 10, 2022