Seaside holidays 12: I do like to be beside the seaside... Why’s this man glad to be at Folkestone? Why’s he got a red nose? Expand This man is on holiday on the beach in Folkestone, enjoying a well-earned rest from a life of hard work. In the 1920s, when this comic postcard was produced, most people worked very long hours, often in strenuous jobs, including factory work (shown in grey on the postcard). Many also worked in heavy industry, farm work or down the coal mines. Some only had one week’s holiday a year. His red nose and face may be the result of sunburn, drinking too much beer, or both! Did you know? The first seaside picture postcards appeared in 1894 and soon became incredibly popular. They were a quick and easy way to send greetings to friends and family back home. Millions were sent every year and provide a fascinating picture of seaside resorts like Folkestone in the past.