AT Inbox: Readers should stop picking on the ‘Pickers’

I want to comment on the History Channel show, “American Pickers.” This is one of the most unique, educational, and informative TV shows I have ever watched. I love it … I just love it!!!

The two men are absolutely perfect in their roles as pickers, bringing humor, history, and knowledge for everyone, especially collectors of anything. I have learned so much about antiques by watching this show and that enables me to go forth in my search for my favorite items in the collecting hobby with knowledge and enjoyment.

 To the disgrunted people who find fault with what Frank and Mike do and how they “pick” items, just turn the TV off or watch another program. Let us collectible hobbyists have our fun and enjoyment brought on by two delightful guys who obviously love their life and want to share it with TV fans.

 I would hope The History Channel continues with this show for a long, long time. I look forward to watching it every week and will keep this up as long as the show is on.

Again, my favorite TV program!!! Thank you for bringing it to me and thousands/millions of others.

Barbara Tripp
via email

Please keep coverage near the cover date

Greetings from the Los Angeles area. Just a quick commiseration with the “Readers’ Letters” submission sent into Antique Trader by Brad Cresto (Sept. 22 edition).

We, too, have horrible U.S. Mail delivery “service” to our apartment here in Palos Verdes; typically during the work week our mail person doesn’t even SHOW UP until four or sometimes five o’clock in the afternoon, much less get the mail distributed to more than 300 units!

I’m sure I won’t be the only reader to notice, but in your response to Mr. Cresto, you point out “our new format has all but ended long delivery delays.” My impression of Mr. Cresto’s letter doesn’t site “long delivery days” necessarily, to the point he seemed to be saying that he was gleaning information from the publication that was out dated by – only a matter of days, perhaps – the time he received his issue, correct?

Anyway, with this said, on the page preceding the “Readers’ Letters” where Cresto’s letter is printed (page 5) lies a glaring example directly related to Mr. Cresto’s concern and my observation has nothing at all to do with the U.S. Postal Service. The article titled “What do Pere Noel and a creepy foot have in common,” the AT blog piece states that Morphy’s will be auctioning both on “Sept. 11.” That’s a date not only preceding the date of the magazine’s cover but I didn’t receive my copy of AT until the very day of Morphy’s auction. If someone were to be seriously interested in the items listed for that auction and relied on AT for providing such block dates they probably would have missed out on a chance to bid. I’m of the opinion you’d have been better served, and appear to be “more on top of things,” to have left the Morphy’s entry out of the issue.
Simply an observation from a former pressman; keep up the good work. You ALL do a great job.

Sincerely and respectfully,
Paul Burt
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Paul, your eagle eyes zeroed in on a challenge we face creating a print product two weeks out from its cover date. Our website is updated daily and in this case, the announcement of the Morphy sale came too late to hit the most relevant issue. That’s why you didn’t see an ad for the sale, either. In our attempt to give this great sale some press we posted it online and made a brief mention in our page, knowing it was not likely to hit our West Coast readers in time. Whenever possible, we use the cover date to determine our coverage plans. In this case, the sale was just too good to omit some mention in print. However, even though an occasional article features earlier events, all readers should receive the issue before the date on the cover. We’ll be sure to do a better job keeping our cover date in mind when picking articles. —Eric.