Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Winnie Billings

BILLINGS, MRS. WINNIE, aged 42, married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Oakie Lee, aged 16 (infantile paralysis). Wallace, aged 15. Lawrence, aged 14. Ida Lee, aged 12. Virginia, aged 9. Maiden, aged 7. Verne, aged 6. Betty Anne, aged 3.

INCOME: Husband works on WPA road work, earning $12.80 a month. He works only two weeks out of the month.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a two-room shack and eight acres of land which they tend, paying one-third of the crop to its owner. Their stock consists of two cows and a few chickens but this does not supply them with the milk and eggs needed. She earns about $6.00 a month from stringing bags. All this is spent on food and clothes. They had to go in debt in order to buy the necessary food for the children. She has been stringing bags for years and finds the work very enjoyable as well as necessary in order that the children be fed and clothed.

[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.]