Pavel Bazhov (1879-1950) was a Russian writer best known for his collection of fairy tales, The Malachite Casket, based on Ural folklore and published in the Soviet Union in 1939. In 1944, the book was published in English. Bazhov was also the author of books on the Russian Revolution, in which he was an active and much decorated participant.
I never would have come up with this jawdropper, and although no one on the Web seems to have an identity for the artist, “JD,” I am fairly certain it was James Henry Daughtery (1881-1974), based on the style and his involvement with the WPA.
Adolph Treidler (1886–1981) was known for his illustrations, advertising art, and posters during WWI and WWII. His work appeared in McClure’s, Harper’s, the Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Century and Scribner’s.