Sunday, November 28, 2010

Obscura Antiques & Oddities T-Shirts

We are moving our shop and will be making new shirts with different designs. All of the remaining stock of the shirts on this page are in storage and we are unable to process any orders right now. We will post the new designs shortly.


These are the two designs. T-shirts are black and printing is white. 100% cotton shirt available in Adult small, medium, large, XL, XXL & 4XL. Ladies shirts in S-M-L-XL (These seem to run a bit small) Adult shirts either design, youth shirt octopus only. $30 including postage. ($25 plus $5 flat rate postage) You can send check/money order to Obscura/Mike 151 1st ave suite 207 NY NY 10003 or paypal to Please be sure to indicate what size and design you want. Make checks/money orders payable to Obscura. Illpost an actual image of the shirt shortly.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Coming Soon....Online Sales

Well...everyone has been asking so perhaps its time we finally do this. We will have our t-shirts and that kind of stuff for sale online very soon, but we will also be posting images and prices of new and random items from the shop on this site ...and they will be available for sale. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Oddites 3 Episode Viewing Party at Observatory Dec 9

Save the date. There will be a Oddities 3 episode marathon viewing party on Dec 9th at Observatory in Brooklyn. Come on down for free give aways, special guests and after party.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Discovery Channel Oddities Website

Here is the new Discovery Channel website for our new reality show, Oddities. Premiere is Thursday Nov4th at 9:30 pm....following thursdays at 8pm.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oddities Reality Show

Well.....all those rumors floating around are true. We have been filming for a new reality show titled Oddities for The Discovery Channel. It will premeire on Thursday Nov 4th at 9:30 pm, then after that at 9pm. More info and stuff to follow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A lovely view of our backwards window....taken by one of our favorite people, Monique Mantell....its that way because of our current project where the window looks dark from the outside, so we made the decision to reverse the window....for now....Anyway.....we think it looks kinda neat....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More Stuff

Still working on our project....but we are open. Terribly sorry for any inconvenience to our loyal customers and our new ones as well. Should be done shortly. Stop by and see the new acquisitions from our recent buying trip.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

We Are Open....

Some of you who may have stopped by the shop recently may have noticed the dark filters on our windows and the setup outside the shop. We are currently doing a project that involves filming in our shop, and although there are times when we need to keep the shop closed, its only for a few minutes to maybe 10-15 minutes at a time to facilitate the shooting schedule. We apologize for this inconvenience, and appreciate your patience with us.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lecture Time...again...

Obscura co-owner Evan 
Michelson will be 
lecturing at the Coney 
Island Museum on Sunday, 
August 15th at 4:30 pm. 
The topic is "The Culture 
of Curiosity": From humble 
parlor to Princely 
treasury, the Culture 
of Curiosity has endured 
for hundreds of years. 
In equal parts uncanny 
obsession, camp statement, melancholy musing, frivolous 
commentary and timeless truth, ultimately it's all about 
mystery and timeless metaphor.
Come and join in an exploration of the continuing appeal 
of curated chaos in the home." 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Shop Window

Current shop window display. Bradley & Hubbard table lamp with green glass shade, Scroll saw cut clock, Advertising figure of a girl with large head & eyes. More pics to follow.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nice random sampling of goods. Old Bulova store clock, Camp Fire Girls uniform, early mounted standing alligator with a lightbulb in its mouth (recently rewired), WWI trench art artillery shell vase dated 1918, mounted lamb (perfect for Easter), mirrors.............stuff....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Lecture by One of Our Dear Friends

Come out and see a great lecture and demonstration by a very good friend of ours. You will not be disappointed, and ya just might learn a thing or two. Be sure to check out the other lectures at Observatory as well. Lots of very interesting topics all the time.

Nature as Miniaturist: An Illustrated Survey of the Bogs of Southern New Jersey

img_6939smallAn Illustrated lecture and specimen demonstration with author, artist, and Gentleman Naturalist Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy
Date: Thursday, August 5th
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

Tonight, author, artist and Gentleman Naturalist Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy will be giving an illustrated lecture on the botanical oddities found in the ancient, Ice Age bogs of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. These tiny, alien worlds are home to rare orchids, carnivorous plants, and bizarre species of plants and animals–some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Whimsy, a lifelong resident of the Pine Barrens, will also give a demonstration of how to build and maintain your own container garden for these strange, wonderful plants. Live specimens of these plants will be on display, and care sheets for carnivorous plants like Venus Flytrap will also be made available. Whimsy’s book The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One will also be available for sale and signing.

Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy (aka V. Allen Crawford III) is an artist, designer, author, failed dandy, bushwhacking aesthete, and middle-aged dilettante. Whimsy is the author of The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One (Bloomsbury), which has been optioned for film by Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil. He and his wife are proprietors of Plankton Art Co., an illustration and design studio. Their most notable project to date is the collection of 400 species identification illustrations that are on permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Ocean Life.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Teeth Under Glass Dome

Misc dental articulators, dentures and a 1944 X-mas gift from the U.S. Naval Medical Center..all under a vintage glass display dome with a mirrored base.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July.....weekend

Title says it all. Be safe and all that stuff. WW2 U.S. Navy practice bomb. Fill with water and drop on your favorite practice target. Would also make a lovely lamp or beverage container.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

More goodies.....Knights Templar Skull & Crossbones apron....Child size Polio braces, 1940's composition advertising mannequin, German wax medical models of various burns to the hand, 1950's snapshots of a man and his cat. Victorian taxidermy mount of a yellow canary under glass dome.....Lots more to add....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Some more recent additions to the store...and some old ones too....Taxidermy squirrel....we have a few different ones, including a tree trunk with 3 of them....well actually 2 and 1/2 hlf...Its just the head poking out of a knothole....Some Cold War era (1950's) Govt Property Emergency Drinking Water. A good friend of ours drank one of these and said it was fine. So far he is still in relatively good health. Dummy hand grenade....we usually have these in stock. Makes a great stocking stuffer...... The Gay Nineties Moustache...Makes em Laugh...sadly these sold out quite quickly.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More New Arrivals

All sorts of goodies arriving daily...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

More Stuff

Sorry about the delay there folks. Brimfield went well and the store is full of all sorts of new stuff. Here are few snaps , with many more to follow.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Brimfield Mass Antique Show

Its that time again. We will be attending the Brimfield Antiques show, both shopping and setting up. If you are at the show, stop by our booth Tuesday at Dealer's Choice booth B107-110, and Wednesday at Heart o' the Mart booth J-3. The store will remain open, but with slightly limited hours, 2-8pm all week. We will return to the shop either Thursday or Friday with all sorts of new items, although it will take a while to put the store back together. Stop on by to see the mess.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mary's Corner

Here is an image taken by our employee of the month, Mary, who will be contributing images of shop items on a regular basis.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Various tooth items under glass dome, Chloroform bottle with glass label, large tabletop crucifix,....more stuff.....

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Here are a few new items. Large paper mache' head....and another toy ventriloquist dummy. Missing a leg, and needs new spring. Will take care of these repairs this week...Always something to fix, repair or clean in this business.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thanks to everyone for attending both Evan's and my lecture as well as coming out for the panel on collecting curiosities. Its always nice to meet our old friends and of course meet new ones. There is a good chance that both Evan and I might present our lectures once again at Observatory, but so far its just talk. Ill be sure to announce it here if we do. Ill be sure to add video this time to my lecture. After all a lecture about animated figures should have more animated figures in it eh? More pics and stuff to come....

P.S....I have posted a link from our website to this page as well as our Facebook page to make it easier to access all things Obscura.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Handmade Masonic lamp with cowboy shade (not original, but it just kinda looked right) & vintage marionette.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

1940's Male figure study....and other stuff

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Just some random shots of the shop taken the other day. Any questions about items , prices or whatever can be posted or e-mailed to

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Obscura Antiques & Oddities owners Mike Zohn & Evan Michelson will be sitting on a panel on collecting next Saturday afternoon. In addition, they will be giving 2 very different lectures during the week.

Congress for Curious People at the Coney Island Museum
2-day symposium exploring the idea of collecting curiosities in the 21st century as well as the politics, history, and changing methodology of collecting and collections. Also on view will be “The Collector’s Cabinet,” an installation of astounding artifacts held in private collections. A week of themed lectures at the Coney Island Museum will precede the symposium:

The Saddest Object in the World
An Illustrated Meditation by Evan Michelson, Obscura Antiques and Oddities, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in residence
Date: Monday, April 12th
Time: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: * Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn

A Brief History of Automata
An Illustrated Lecture and Demonstration by Mike Zohn,Obscura Antiques and Oddities
Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: * Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn

Welcome to the new Obscura Antiques & Oddities Blog. We will be using this site to update our friends and fans of upcoming events at the shop and related to us, as well as showcase new items that arrive at the shop on a daily basis. We will post images of said items, as well as their stories, if we know them, amusing anecdotes, and all sorts of info Obscura related. Feel free to contact us or comment on items of interest.