Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Kuhn

MRS. KUHN, North Wilkesboro, N.C., married and has one child, who is also married. She is 68 years old and her husband is in his sixties; crippled.

INCOME: Husband works in furniture factory about six months out of a year at thirty cents an hour. Only other income is from bag stringing, from which wife can make $10.00 to $12.00 a month. They own their home, so there is no rent. Water and electricity cost $2.00 per month. The wife has occasional doctor's bills. All the rest of their money is spent on food and clothing.

HOME CONDITIONS: Husband and wife are only occupants of two room house. The house has electricity and two sinks with running water. There are no inside toilet facilities. The house is in poor shape and is not very well kept, since his wife is crippled. The house is badly furnished. They have a radio. She has been stringing bags for about thirty years and does about 5500 a week. This is the only work she can do besides her house work because she is crippled in her legs and can only hobble around. She enjoys doing this work because it keeps her occupied and brings in additional money which is desperately needed. She has only been to a doctor three times in the last four years and should see one much more frequently. Bag work hinders her in no way. She can't afford to spend much money on amusements, and this simple type of work is done in spare time when she is unoccupied.

[Source: "Tobacco Bag Stringing Operations in North Carolina and Virginia." Richmond, Va.: 1939. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]