Tobacco Bag Stringing

MITCHELL, MRS. EMMA, (colored), aged 44; husband 58; have ten children, all of whom live with them at Reidsville, N.C.

INCOME: Their income depends on farming and bag stringing. They raise practically all their food and only have to buy about $8.00 worth a month. Taxes are $23.00 a year.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house is new and has ten rooms, is well furnished, and well kept. They own a car, two mules, two cows, three pigs, and some chickens. They also have a piano, a battery radio, and a sewing machine. She has been stringing bags for 35 years and could make her living by this work alone. She makes about $25.00 a week at this work. Her husband makes enough on the farm to support them but she likes to do this work and make extra money. Her eyes are weak but it doesn't bother her to string bags.

[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.]