Tobacco Bag Stringing
Flossie Johnson

JOHNSON, MRS. FLOSSIE, (colored), Separated from husband and has 7 children living with her, at Reidsville, N.C. Her brother and wife live with her. Her age 34.

INCOME: They raise most of their food but their only income is what they make by stringing bags.

HOME CONDITIONS: House has 6 rooms and there are 40 acres of land. They own a radio and a mule, a cow, 2 calves, 5 pigs, and about 50 chickens. House is in good condition but is very dirty. Food costs $6 a week and taxes are $23 a year. She has been stringing for twenty years and makes about $110.00 a month. She is absolutely dependent on 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.]