Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Howard Kirkman

KIRKMAN, MRS. HOWARD, aged 27, married; resides at Spray, N.C. Children: Maynard, aged 6. Wayne, aged 4. Shirley, aged 2.

INCOME: The husband has part time work in a Spray mill, earning around $7 and $10.00 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent three rooms at $6.00 a month. The grocery bill is about $5.00 or $6.00 a week. The husband's income is all spent for the food and rent. The money earned from bags which amounts to about $5.00 a month is needed for children's clothes, the electric light bill and insurance amounting to $3.50 a month. The house is fairly well furnished and is kept clean and neat. She enjoys doing bag work and says it is absolutely necessary to keep the children clothed and for buying personal necessities. If they are taken away it will be necessary to cut down on the amount of food consumed.

[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.]