Architectural 1910s letter rendering example from Bucharest

The pre-World War One architectural lettering exaples in Bucharest are relatively rare, with the one presented here adorning the ticket counter of the Iolanda Balas Stadium in the Kisseleff area of the city, itself one of the very few surviving sporting facilities from that era. The entrance to the stadium, seen in the third photograph bellow, contains well design neoclassical features and quite minimalist in its ornamental aspects, contrasting with the rich decorative architectural fashions of that era. According to a plaque affixed to the entrance wall, the stadium has been built in 1915 (a year of peace for Romania, which entered the Great War only one year later). I like the well balanced design of these letter and the discrete serifs which smooth their aspect and make their reading more cursive, reminding of the Victorian age newspaper headlines.

Letter rendering dating from the 1910s, Iolanda Balas stadium, built in 1915, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Letter rendering dating from the 1910s, Iolanda Balas stadium, built in 1915, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The entrance of Iolanda Balas stadium, built in 1915, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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