The 10-cent D. W. Griffith (1875-1948) stamp was first available on May 27, 1975, at Beverly Hills, California. Fred Otnes designed the stamp. An American film maker, D.W. Griffith (1875-1948) is considered one of the pioneers of modern cinema. Griffith directed films that focused on history, philosophy, and social issues such as racism. His works include the controversial masterpiece "Birth of a Nation" and "Intolerance." Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks were among his proteges. He and Chaplin founded the United Artists Company.
The stamp was issued in sheets of fifty, with an initial printing of 140 million.
Postal Bulletin (April 24, 1975).