Postcard souvenirs a snapshot of Capel sites

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Capel Newsagency owner Garry Wilson with the new Capel postcards.
Camera IconCapel Newsagency owner Garry Wilson with the new Capel postcards. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

Pop into the newsagency at Capel and postcards sporting colourful pictures of popular locations throughout the shire will be easy to spot.

The Capel Chamber of Commerce produced the postcards in April, but once COVID-19 restrictions came into place they could only be sold to locals.

Now with travel restrictions easing, chamber president Bernie Masters is hopeful more tourists will be able to purchase the cards as mementos.

Mr Masters said the owners of the Capel Post Office and Capel Newsagency had mentioned to him last year there were no souvenirs tourists could take home with them as a reminder of their visit to Capel.

They both suggested having postcards with local Capel scenes on them would be a souvenir that would sell well.

In January, the chamber held a photo competition to find the best pictures highlighting iconic and attractive features of Capel for the postcards.

“Almost 30 entrants submitted just under 100 photos and, with great difficulty, we selected five photos to go into four postcards,” Mr Masters said.

“The end result is a set of postcards that, thanks to the virus lockdown, initially sold only to locals.

With tourist numbers now on the rise, we’re confident the postcards will be a popular purchase by visitors.

Of the initial run of 1000 post cards, half have already been sold, with the chamber planning to produce more later in the year.

The chamber covered the costs associated with production of the postcards, including the prize money for the photo competition.

Visitors can find the postcards at Capel Newsagency, Capel Post Office and Peppermint Grove Beach Holiday Park.

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