Tobacco Bag Stringing

WOOLDRIDGE, MRS. ; widow, aged 68; no children, resides at No. 318 N. 21st Street, Richmond, Virginia.

INCOME: $15.00 a month old-age pension.

HOME CONDITIONS: Rents one room at $6.00 a month. Furnishings are modest and room kept in order and clean. Mrs. Wooldridge is on a special diet prescribed by her doctor and has to have a quart of milk a day and other special foods. $4.00 a month has to be spent on medicine as she has heart trouble and high blood pressure. Oil for the stove costs about $3.00 a month and wood $2.00. She makes her own clothes and other household linens. She says that the church helps her in paying her rent and buying food. Income from bag stringing amounts to $3.00 a month and is absolutely necessary. She is able to buy her oil with this. She has had to drop her insurance policy, being unable to make further payments. She is a shut-in and enjoys doing bag work as it helps occupy her mind, as well as supplement her income. She says she will have to make other money if the bag work is discontinued in homes. She cannot get a sufficient number of bags to occupy her spare time.

[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.]