Tobacco Bag Stringing
Nola Stamper

STAMPER, MRS. NOLA, married; ten children; aged 36; age of husband 43; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: Verdie, aged 18. Verna, aged 16. Fred, aged 15. Delia, aged 11. Ted, aged 10. Lula, aged 8. Ray, aged 6. James, aged 4. Olley, aged 2. Von, aged 15 months.

INCOME: Husband works on government park project at $20.00 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: Own three-room house and twenty acres of land, of which about three acres is cultivated. Corn, potatoes, and beans are raised. All the money is spent on food, which is not nearly sufficient and of nourishing value for the children. All their clothes are made at home, flour and sugar bags and other odds and ends being used for material. The children were very poorly dressed and very dirty. The house is practically devoid of furniture except beds which were very dirty. They have a well at the house, but no electricity or inside toilet facilities. Stringing of bags is absolutely necessary. 83 cents a month is paid into the burial insurance. Has been doing bags for twenty years and would do it just for the pleasure of doing it. She earns about $18.00 a month from this work.

[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.]