Picking their way through history

Picking their way through history

In January of 2010, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz showed the world that their way of learning about history does not involve a textbook. Rather, it entails digging through what some may deem “trash” to recover the hidden gems of America’s past.

And as they learn more and more about America, Mike and Frank teach others through their show, “American Pickers.” In the midst of its 19th season, “American Pickers” is broadcasted on the History Channel.

The pair is best described as grand “antiquers” as they drive throughout the country to rural areas to find things that are sometimes worth a surprising amount. This often means driving up to old barns, warehouses, garages, junkyards, or even going into homes and basements of people that have something to share.

What the sellers have to share is not just an antique; it is also a story. The people that Mike and Frank meet are sometimes the most interesting part of the show – with witty remarks and surprising tales of the life of the piece and the personal connection that formed.

But they do not get here alone. The third member of the team, Danielle Colby Cushman, is in charge of the Antique Archaeology, the antique store and base for the pickers. Danielle feeds tips from prospective antique spots to Mike and Frank, works with buyers, and organizes shipments.

“American Pickers” is a great show to get in the routine of watching (or at least recording) Monday nights at 8 p.m. CST. The show will blow you away with a variety of people with a variety of things – and you might just learn something along the way.

Mike and Frank went picking in Oregon, with the first half of the show featuring Salem-area man Zane Leek and his mother, Linda. The shows brings big decisions on whether to spend more than $90,000 on several picks involving Studebakers, Buicks, Packards and rare motorcycles. In the second half of the show, the two travel to Eastern Oregon and where their picks include an interesting mix of signs, license plates and more. The Adrenaline Junkie show aired April 9, 2018.

If you want to watch “American Pickers” remotely, or watch previous channels whenever you want, you can either visit the History Channel’s website and login with your account’s information, or utilize TDS’ TV Everywhere feature.

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