The First Republic
The 1920's saw the building of a new democratic nation in the heart of Europe. With the strong backing of US President Woodrow Wilson, Czechoslovakia had declared its independence in 1918, and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk became its first freely elected president. In this inter World Wars period, the First Republic from 1918 to 1938 prospered socially and economically, becoming one of the most advanced countries in the world. On March 7, 1960, the US Postal Service issued a stamp honoring Tomas G. Masaryk in honor of the 110th anniversary of his birth.
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk with children in national costume
Photo courtesy: Andrea Pohl