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Man Turns House Into A Kitted Out 1930s Bachelor Pad

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To the everyday passerby, Aaron Whiteside's Blackpool home looks like your average terraced suburban house.

However, take one step inside and you'll see the inside is a pre-war era time capsule, filled with memorabilia from the 1930s that Aaron has been collecting over the years with meticulous detail.

For the first time ever, photos taken inside the house show the extent of Aaron's dedication to his passion project, which he revealed is a result of a long-running yearning to live in a 1930s house since he was just five years old.

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It was at this age that Aaron started to collect items from junk shops, travelling with his grandmother's sister to pick up authentic products from the time such as an old radiogram, hoover, mincers and gas lamps.

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Speaking about the shopping trips, Aaron stated: "The first ever item I bought was an old radiogram from the 1950s and an old hoover, as well old mincers and gas lamps. It's all bits like that as to how it all started and it's got a bit out of hand since.

"I've tried to make sure all the items in the house are originals, rather than being replicas."

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Aaron's interest turned out to be no fad and continued well into his adult life, culminating in the purchase of his house back in 2007 for the low price of just £87,000.

Since then, he has transformed the home - which previously stood empty for nearly a decade - into the 30s throwback he had been dreaming of since childhood. And let's just say no detail has been spared - the dude even installed German wallpaper which was buried in a time capsule, costing Aaron £100 a roll.

Today the home boasts a vintage bed, a GEC cooker, a laundry mangle and a notable emission of a TV or fridge (new-fangled gadgets that were not mod cons of the time).

To keep appearances up, he wears vintage clothes, sports a slick back undercut hairstyle and bearded finish and eats a 1930s diet - beef dripping and all.

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Not content with just the visuals, the house also runs like a pre-war one would have, heated by four coal fires and without double glazing windows.

"My pride of joy is an HMV state of the art gramophone from 1937. It came from an old house down south where bits and pieces were being sold off, and a friend of a friend told me about it," Aaron added.

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To keep himself entertained, he loves listening to Judy Garland, Jessie Matthews and Billie Holiday and he even watches silent films.

"The house was built in 1937 so this house always had a toilet," revealed Aaron. "It runs on coal so I have to lit the fire in the backroom for hot water.

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"If I buy a rib of beef and have friends for tea I will cook it the old fashioned way, I don't use oil.

"The washing machine I've got is a Hotpoint electric one with a mangle. The hoover is a 1934 electric hoover senior which I have been using since I was kid.

"The wall masks I collected are hard to come by, they are by an artist called John Douglas. I have the King up on the wall and there are thirties art decor original pictures.

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"The items I have sort of go up to the 1940s. Even at the end of the war, you were still living in the thirties because there was no production."

If you're wondering if he's got himself a wartime gal to keep him warm on those lonely single glazing nights, Aaron's still single.

Get in there, ladies!

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That said, you'll have to meet his criteria: "None of my partners have ever shared the same interests but I think now if I ever met someone they would have to have their own house.

"I'd have mine and then go between the two because I don't really compromise very well. If they started bringing in Ikea items I think I'd have a nervous breakdown."

No room for flatpack furniture here.

Single or not, we're tipping our tailored hat and offering a twiddle of the moustache to the old soul Aaron for following his dream and seeing it through with such conviction. Well done, old bean.

Topics: Home, Blackpool, House

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