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Plain block letter style, with breathing room in the black space above and below the letters. Esaki and some others also use the plain block letter style, but the black surround is cut much closer to the letters than with Enami.
Kimbei is distinctive with his thinner block style, the number. (dot / period) and title. There is also a dot at the end.
Farsari is all Serif Letter+Numbers with Capital Serif letter titles.
Kajima is Serif Numbers followed by Serif Upper and Lower Case Titles.
Although he didn’t do it for all photos, if you see a “No.” prefix, it’s a Tamamura print.
Many of these guys used each other’s images, so you might see the same photo here and there, but each with the distinctive titling of the several different photographers who “shared” the photos.
1 Many thanks to Rob Oechsle for the background information.