A Grain of Corn: When Augusta was very young she was enthusiastic to sell her paintings. She initiated correspondence in order to gain recognition. A photograph of her invalid mother, Mary Corson, inspired her to write a letter to Thomas A. Edison in April 1912. Her letter said. Accompanying this you will receive…an oil painting on a grain of corn….I raised the corn on which I painted a representation of the phonograph with mother setting under the tree and enjoying the fine music….I never had any lessons in drawing, nor in colors, yet I have taken six blue ribbons in…

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