Tobacco Bag Stringing
Rosa Bell

BELL, MRS. ROSA, (colored) has 12 children, all but one of whom live with her. She is 45 years old and her husband is 47. They reside in Reidsville, N.C.

INCOME: The whole family farms and raises most of their food. They also raise tobacco and corn to sell. His aunt owns the place and husband rents additional land for farming. He pays ¼ of what he makes for the use of this land. Groceries cost $2.00 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has 5 rooms and there are 33 acres of land. They own 2 cows, 2 mules, 3 hogs and 25 chickens. They also have a sewing machine. The house is like the rest in this section and is poorly kept. She has been stringing bags ever since she can remember and makes about $15.00 a month. She likes to do this work and it has never affected her health.

[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.]