John Ford, one of the great and quintessential American film directors, will be getting his own stamp next year. It features a photo of Ford with his pipe on the right and on the left is an iconic scene of John Wayne from his arguably best movie, The Searchers (given that he also directed The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley says something). Ford is just the first director in a planned series by the USPS honoring America’s historically important directors. And it’s a great honor for the man who holds four Oscars for Best Director.
The real question is who else should be on the list? Per USPS rules, a person (other than a POTUS) has to be dead at least five years before being honored with a stamp. That means obvious choices like Spielberg and Scorcese are out. Hitchcock was British so that means he’s out. Charlie Chaplin? Buster Keaton? Billy Wilder? Orson Welles seems like the only schiavo. That’s a tough nut to crack. [via BAD]