All this, fuck yes.
Early shôjo illustration. Front cover, interior illustration and back cover, from a pamphlet (prose, not manga). I believe it dates from early in the war (1940?) and is propaganda of some kind, exhorting young shôjo to write condolence letters to families of dead soldiers, perhaps? Anyway, these are examples of jojo-ga (lyric drawing) illustration, that had a great influence on shôjo manga. I don’t know the artists. The style of the front cover seems very similar to Kasho Takabatake (it;s not his signature though), while the back cover is reminiscent of Junichi Nakahara, but is more likely just influenced by his style (particularly the eyes, no?). Of course any help on ID’ing the artists would be more than welcome!! (For more on early shôjo illustration and manga: www.danmazurcomics.com)