Tobacco Bag Stringing
Thomas Dickens

DICKENS, MR. THOMAS, aged 33; married, resided in Reidsville, N.C., is blind. He has one child who is married but separated and living with him and his wife.

INCOME: He receives a blind pension of $20.00 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a three-room home at $7.50 a month, which they state is in very poor condition. They are unable to keep the house warm during cold weather; Their expenses are: water bill, $1.00 a month; electricity, $1.10 a month; and food, $6.00 a week. Mr. Dickens has been blind for thirteen years and states that if he does not have the bag work to occupy his mind, he will go crazy. He earns about $12.00 a month stringing bags. This amount all goes for food and rent.. Mrs. Dickens was operated on for hemorrhoid trouble about a year ago, this hospital fee being paid for by the county. The operation has not improved her condition at all. Local doctors state that she is in need of immediate operation but they are unable to afford it, the cost being around $175.00. Mr. Dickens says that if he can receive bags regularly it may be possible to afford an operation. Bag money has paid for medical attention received so far except the operations.

[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.]