Tobacco Bag Stringing
Rosa Redford

REDFORD, MRS. ROSA; widow, aged 75; has four children, all of who are married and living out of town; resides at No. 529 N. 21st Street, Richmond, Va.

INCOME: Receives $11.50 monthly old-age pension.

HOME CONDITIONS: Rents two rooms for $7.00 per month; both are kept very clean and orderly. She spends about $8.00 a month on food but cannot afford milk and special foods which her doctor says she should have. She has high blood pressure and a bad case of heart trouble. One of her daughters resides in Washington, D.C., and she has been helping her with the rent money but has been unable to do so for the past two months as she is in very bad health and requires constant medical attention, which is very expensive. She receives bags periodically an strings them in spare moments, earning about $3.00 a month. From this she pays the electric light bill amounting to about $1.00 a month and uses the balance for food. She states that it would be impossible for her to get along without the bags, as she can do no other type of work.

[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.]