Tobacco Bag Stringing
Fay Negaard

NEGAARD, MRS. FAY; aged 32, married, two boys, aged 9 and 5, both in school.

INCOME: Her husband earns $70.00 per month from WPA.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent to rooms in basement at $10.00 per month, which includes light and water. The grocery bill runs about $16.00 per week. Insurance is about $1.40 per month and coal $1.55. She earns about $8.00 a month from stringing bags, and states that if the bag stringing is discontinued she will need other work because every cent is spent in clothing and feeding the children. They have been working on bags for about six years. The house is kept very clean and neat and is nicely furnished. The children were fairly well dressed, as was the mother. She makes all the clothes for herself and buys the children's She does not find that bag stringing interferes with her housekeeping, but sometimes makes her nervous.

[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.]