Tobacco Bag Stringing
Nannie Scott

MRS. NANNIE SCOTT, Spray, North Carolina, age 40, has five children, Oldsten 17 years. William 14 years, Mozelle 11 years, Wallace 6 years. Rachel 3 years.

INCOME: She receives $20 a month from the state for the children.

HOME CONDITIONS: The husband lost a limb about a year ago and is unable to work. Money received from the State pays the rent which amounts to $6 a month. The house has absolutely no furniture except for 3 beds, a few chairs and a table. The children are very poorly dressed as was the mother and father. The money earned from bags which amounts to about $10 a month is all spent on food. This work is absolutely necessary in order that the children may be fed and clothed. Mrs. Scott is in bad health and fears that she will be unable to do work out of the home. She finds that stringing bags is enjoyable and helps quiet her nerves. They do not interfere with the tending of the house and children.

[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.]