Archive for January, 2012


ODDITIES dives into the weird world of strange and extraordinary science artifacts through the eyes of the proprietors of Manhattan’s Obscura Antiques & Oddities.


With clients that include Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, the Mutter Museum, Ralph Lauren, and even Danny Elfman, Obscura’s co-owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson — and buyer Ryan Matthew — comb flea markets, auctions, antique shows, estate sales and garage sales for their wares, everything from bizarre medical instruments and turn-of-the-century masks to Victorian hair jewelry and amusement-park fortune-teller heads.


Follow Mike, Evan and Ryan as they go to great lengths to deliver that mummified human skull for that small niche museum, or a framed rare tarantula for an obsessive insect collector. And along the way meet the experts who can verify their finds, the quirky sellers who bring their unusual items to the shop, and the many clients — everyone from tourists and curious passersby, stylists and designers … and, of course, the colorful regulars.