Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. W.H. Bryant

MRS. W. H. BRYANT, Wilkes County, N.C., has 9 children, one of whom is married and also has 1 child and lives with her.

INCOME: Husband works fairly steadily at the furniture factory for $10 to $15 a week. Only other income is $2.50 a week for stringing bags when there are bags to string. Rent is $4 a month. Wood for cooking costs $1.50 a week. Coal for heating the house costs about $14 during the past winter. Grocery bill is about $10 a week if they have that much money.

HOME CONDITIONS: House has 3 rooms in poor shape. The house is very dirty, and there is very little furniture. There are 1 1/2 acres of land on which they raise some of their food. There are also 2 pigs. There are no comforts or conveniences in the house. She has been stringing for about 30 years and is supposed to be very good at it. She earns about $10.00 per month working in idle hours. The money is greatly needed and is used for any expenses that arise. She says she becomes nervous if she strings bags steadily all day, but she hates to be without some to do when she feels like it.

[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.]