At the start of the 20th century, much more of Hampshire was farmland and forest.

Industry was mainly concentrated in Southampton which was rapidly growing in importance as a cargo and passenger port.

To the east is Portsmouth which was home of the Royal Navy, to the north Aldershot which was the land of the Army, and Southampton was soon to emerge as the cradle of aviation.

The arrival of the petrol combustion engine changed the county in both rural and urban areas.

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

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When cars began to be mass produced people found they were independently mobile, and the scenery changed once more.

As families undertook days out to the country and the seasides, people were keen to capture the outings with cameras and “Wish you were here’’ postcards became a huge industry as the ever-growing army of holiday makers flocked to the coast.

One of these postcards does not show the seaside but a photograph of adults and children involved in hop picking in the north of the county.

New Forest Post:

Hampshire’s hop-gardens depended on an annual influx of seasonal labour with some families coming on working holidays from London’s East End while others were gypsies who travelled the country according to what crops were being harvested.

Hampshire residents looked at the hop-pickers with suspicion and many local pubs put up the sign: “No Pickers and No Travellers.’’

Those not able to travel far found their pleasure closer to home such as the “beach’’ at Millbrook in Southampton in the years before the land was reclaimed from the water.