Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. E.M. Adams

MRS. E. M. ADAMS, has eight children, but only two of them live with her. She is 67 years old and her husband is 66. They live at North Wilkesboro, N.C.

INCOME: Husband works for the P.W.A. for $11.00 per week, but his job is liable to be taken away from him at any time. Wife makes about $10.00 a month from stringing bags. The rent is $15.00 a month and water and electricity, food and clothing use up the rest of the income to such an extent that they can't afford an operation for their son who has cataracts in both eyes.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a flat of six rooms. It is fairly well furnished and well kept. They have running water, toilet facilities and two radios. The flat is heated by coal stoves. Wife has been doing bags for a long time and does 5,000 a week, as well as all of her house work. This work doesn't affect her physically or mentally in any way.

[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.]