Flatbush Avenue near 7th, Park Slope. A look at some interlocking brickwork, elaborate molding, and lettering at the peak of an apartment building. From 1880-1915 or so, architects helpfully showed dates of construction, as well as the original name of the building, sometimes the first owner, and occasionally even the architect himself. Details like this are not considered cost-effective any more, and the straightforward International Style in the late 1940s-early 1950s seemingly instituted streamlining forever.
This lettering is typical of a cursive yet sanserif style popular at the same time.