In the autumn of 1918, the historical unification of two fragments of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - the Czech Republic and Slovakia-took place. The newly created state, it should have been: own industry, roads, financial institutions, and, of course, the postal service. It was necessary to develop sketches of postage stamps, as well as to acquire their own currency.
The artist's talent was noticed and demanded by the authorities of the young republic. It was Alphonse Muha who was commissioned to create the 'official' graphic style of the new state. He became the author of the first postage stamps and banknotes, even the state emblem of Czechoslovakia was designed with the participation of a Fly.
When creating banknotes, Mucha, as a real artist-bonist, cared not only about the attractive appearance of the bills. He tried in every possible way to protect them from fakes, using color techniques, secret signs (no wonder the artist was initiated into a Masonic lodge), as well as a large number of exclusive ornaments. The new money immediately caught on and fell in love, the people even affectionately called them 'fly-tails'.