Would you think anything's out of the ordinary from looking at this picture? At first glance, Ben Sansum appears to be a pretty normal bloke. This 38-year-old is from Cambridgeshire, England. He's a cabin crewman for British Airways. And, like many 38-year-olds, he's not into a lot of high-tech gear.
That is because Ben is obsessed with the 1940s. His obsession with that era is beyond just a hobby. He dresses in 1940s fashion. He listens to '40s music. He basically molds his entire life around that era.
His interest in the era started when he was very young, and he received a 1940s radio from his great uncle.
“I guess I was always the funny boy at school that had this strange interest. Gradually, as I grew older, I loved the music and the fashion. I’m 35 now, my parents probably think I’ve grown out of it, but I will always live by this now. I know I will never grow out of it. I shall probably die living like this. But that’s fine, because I’m ensuring that their way of life isn’t forgotten.”
The 1940s were a rough time in England. It was in the middle of WWII, and nazi bombs were dropping daily. Ben is not particularly interested in the war, but he does have some things, such as this ticket for a bomb shelter, that showcase the harder aspects of the era.
The food isn't his only allowance. Even Ben needs some modern conveniences. He has a mini-fridge and a flat screen television. Also, his antique phone only takes incoming calls, so when he has to make a phone call, he plugs in a modern phone.
Ben has a partner, but they do not live together. He explains:
“I think years ago, I used to hope that one day I’d have someone live with me and be sort of compatible. But I think my interest is so extreme that my partner has a modern house and I have a period house."
Ben's home isn't just a hobby. It is also a sanctuary. “I have a very, sort of modern life in once sense – I’m BA cabin crew so I’m jetting off. But then when I come home, I retreat and go back in time in my own little period house," he said.