This post goes out to Misa and Patrick, just married in the Czech Republic. Congratulations!! They are friends of a friend who requested a commemorative post. :)
This is an official that came without an ID and I had to submit a missing ID search request before I could register it. I was trying to decide what card to post to commemorate a wedding and eventually decided on this card because the person who designed the card was obviously very excited about Ostrava, as we should be at a wedding! ;)
Ostrava is the third-largest city in the Czech Republic. The area has been permanently inhabited for the past 25,000 years - wow! Since the 18th century, its main industry has been mining the black coal found in the area, and because of that it suffered heavy bombing in world war two. Mining was stopped after the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and now most heavy industry companies are being closed down.
Ostrava has an international music festival every July called Colours of Ostrava. Last year performers included Regina Spektor, the Proclaimers, Afro Celt Sound System, and the Cranberries, and the festival sold out in advance. Looks like this might have to be on my list of music festivals to attend someday!
I can't get a year of issue off the stamp, but the person pictured is Alois Musil, a Czech explorer of the Middle East.