During the day, Ben Sansum is a busy man working as a cabin crewman for British Airways.
But when his work day is done, Ben leaves the busy world of 2017 and heads back to the 1940’s. As you can see from his vintage-inspired home, living the simple life is not so simple these days.
Imagine what his Match.com profile looks like! Yikes!
35-year-old Sansum says that from an early age he was interested in the past and the 1940’s era. His great-uncle once gave him a 1940s radio as a birthday present, and his first car was an antique from 1939.
His parents don’t really understand the obsession since it’s from a time period before he was even born…but they accept it.
Nearly everything in Sansum’s home was invented before 1946.
Sansum cooks on a range that is 120 years old and although he buys modern day groceries…he still keeps some old 1940’s food packages on display.
“My parents probably thought I would grow out of it, but I know I will always live like this now. I shall probably die living like this.” But despite admitting his interest is “strange,” Sansum also tells his parents that he’s “ensuring their way of life isn’t forgotten.”
Cleaning the floors is a little harder without an electric vacuum.
Sansum did purchase a modern mini-fridge however…which is concealed by a mysterious curtain.
Sansum’s bedroom isn’t one that probably impresses a lot of ladies as it looks like it hasn’t been touched since the 1940’s.
No washing machine for this guy! He uses an old washing board to do all of his laundry!
He has a pair of antique telephones (he can receive phone calls, but has to use a modern phone to call out), still uses a backyard outhouse, scrubs his clothes using a washboard and a 100-year-old “mangle” cleaner, and listens to vintage music from his antique radio (which has an iPod hidden inside it).
“I think years ago I used to hope that one day I’d have someone live with me and we’d be sort of compatible, but I think my interest is so extreme, so my partner has a modern house and I have a period house,” he says.
“Not everyone wants to live like that, I appreciate that.”
Antiques overflow from the house into the back shed!
There is one rule that Sansum lives by and it may be a hard one for most of the population to deal with…NO smartphones!