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It became more common in the late 1920s. By the 1930s and 1940s, the stills almost always had the actors (and producer's and director's) names on the still. Part of this was because studios began adding a copyright notice to every still.
I have several United Artist stills from the late 1920s that have all of this information on the white border on the bottom. Paramount and Universal stills from the 1920s that were sent to newspapers have the main actor, studio, and title in tiny white letters around the border of the still. If a still was not intended for a newspaper or magazine, it did not have this identification.
Fox tended to stamp the title, stars, and director on the back with a ink and a rubber stamp. MGM (and Goldwyn and Metro) tended to type the stars and title on the back with a typewriter (or stenograph?).
But I do have a three George Kleine stills from about 1915-1916 that do have the title and star printed at the bottom of the still.
Many, many stills were issued to theaters with no identification at all, which makes the job of identifying them 90 years later difficult.