Tobacco Bag Stringing
Gertrude Maynard

MAYNARD, MRS. GERTRUDE, (colored) married and has 9 children, all of whom live with her. She is 39 years old and her husband is 44. Reside at Reidsville, N.C.

INCOME: Her husband farms and two of her daughters have jobs at $3.00 a week a piece. Her husband raises 8 acres of tobacco and 15 acres of corn, all of which he sells. He rents his place for half of what he makes. Food costs about $3.50 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: House had 5 rooms and there are about 30 acres of land. The house is in good condition but is not well kept. They own a cow and use the owner's mules to work the farm. She has been stringing bags for 30 years and makes $16.00 or $17.00 a month. This money is badly needed and is a large percent of their income.

[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.]