Tobacco Bag Stringing

BROWN, MRS. JESSIE, aged about 45, married, resides in Spray N.C. Children: Annie, aged 17. Patsy, aged 12.

INCOME: None. Mrs. Brown's husband was laid off about six months ago and he has been unable to locate work since that time.

HOME CONDITIONS: The money earned from these bags pays on the rent amounting to $6.00 a month for three rooms. They are practically devoid of any furniture. The food bill runs around $3.00 a week but she feels that it is insufficient for their needs. The money earned from bag stringing runs about $15.00 a month. This family is in a desperate condition and will not be able to exist if the bags are taken away. Both she and the children were very poorly clad.

[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.]