Tobacco Bag Stringing
Maggie Johines

JOHINES, MRS. MAGGIE, aged 46, widow; one child living with her at Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.

HOME CONDITIONS: She rents a small 3-room cottage with 38 acres of land. The only other possession is one pig. Her daughter used o work for PWA but has lost her position and is now living with her mother. When the above picture was taken she had a visitor who was included in the picture. Her groceries cost about $6 a week. She pays half of her crops as rent for the home. She is heavily indebted to the local storekeeper, who has been advancing supplies in order that she might eat. She has been stringing bags for about five years and has been averaging about $22 a month. She apparently has no other means of livelihood. She states that the work gives her headaches and that it has hurt her eyes. Conditions under which she does the stringing are very bad. The cottage has poor light in the day and totally inadequate lighting at night.

[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.]