Tobacco Bag Stringing
Sallie Shilbey

MRS. SALLIE SHILBEY, Spray, North Carolina, age 21. Children: Douglas 5 years. Betty 14 months.

INCOME: Husband works at a local mill making $15 per week.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent 2 rooms at $4 a month. They are nicely furnished and very neatly kept. The house has electricity. She states that she clothes herself and the two children with the money she earns from stringing bags. She also states that it never interferes with her house work, and that she really enjoys doing it. Her husband's salary goes for paying rent and groceries. The groceries amount to $10 a month and payments on debts amounting to about $80. The bags are not absolutely necessary but they are a great help.

[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.]