Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. J.L. Parker

PARKER, MRS. J. L., married and has two children; her age 39; husband's age 49; 1 child lives with her and the other lives with her grandmother. Reside at Hunting Creek, N.C.

INCOME: Husband has T.B. and is not able to work regularly. He has a car and is able to work a few days a week as a salesman. He can only make $4.00 a week at this job. They are on relief and she has to stay with her sister part of the time in order to live. They have to spend $5.00 a week on groceries and $1.50 a year for taxes.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has 3 rooms and there is only 1 acre of land. The house is in very poor condition and is very dirty and poorly kept. The place belongs to his mother and she lets them live there for nothing. This family is destitute and would be unable to exist at all if it wasn't for bags. She has been stringing for 4 years but only makes $7.00 or $8.00 a month because she has so much work to do around the home.

[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.]