Tobacco Bag Stringing

MRS. HATTIE MAYNARD (colored) has 1 grandchild living with her, whose mother and father are dead. She is 66 years old and her husband is 79. Reside at Reidsville, N.C.

INCOME: They have no income except what they make by stringing bags. Food costs them about $2.50 a week. Rent is $1 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house is just a cabin and has 4 rooms. They only have enough land for a small garden. They own a cow and a few chickens. They have a sewing machine and an old piano. Although the house is small it is very well kept. She has been stringing bags about 35 years and makes $17.00 or $18.00 a month. This is their only income and they couldn't live without this work. Since she is so old, this work bothers her eyes a little.

[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.]