As the summer gets underway and many of us prepare for soggy holidays in the UK, the Echo looks back at when vacationing rarely strayed far from home.

In the early 1900s, a larger portion of Hampshire's landscape was comprised of agricultural fields and wooded areas.

The heart of industrial activity was predominantly found in the bustling city of Southampton, which was swiftly gaining significance as a key hub for both cargo and passengers.

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In the east was Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy, while to the north was Aldershot, renowned as the domain of the Army. Meanwhile, Southampton was poised to establish itself as a hub of aviation innovation.

The introduction of the combustion engine revolutionised the landscape in both rural and urban regions.

On farms, the new form of transport replaced steam-driven machinery as well as most of the horses.

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With the inception of mass-produced automobiles, individuals experienced newfound independence in their mobility, leading to further transformation in the surrounding landscape.

During excursions to the countryside and coastal shores, families eagerly documented their adventures through the lens of cameras. The production of "Wish you were here'' postcards boomed, catering to the increasing number of holidaymakers seeking seaside getaways.

In contrast to the typical seaside scenes on most postcards, one postcard - below -  instead features a captivating photo capturing the activity of hop picking in the north of the county.

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In Hampshire, the hop-gardens thrived but were dependent on the yearly arrival of temporary workers. These workers hailed from a variety of backgrounds, including families from the bustling streets of London's East End and nomadic gypsies who journeyed across the land in sync with the harvest seasons.

The residents of Hampshire eyed the hop-pickers warily, causing several local pubs to display signs stating: "No Pickers or Travellers Allowed."

Before the land at Millbrook in Southampton was reclaimed from the water, individuals who could not journey far sought enjoyment closer to home, places such as the "beach" in Millbrook offering a local retreat.

The beach was popular among locals before land was reclaimed for the construction of Western Docks, which started in the late 1920s.