Tobacco Bag Stringing
Bessie Howell

HOWELL, MRS. BESSIE; married; has not seen her husband for fourteen years; resides at 907 North 25th Street, Richmond, Va. One child, Nellie, 14 years old, and in school.


HOME CONDITIONS: She lives with her brother and a sister, and her mother, who is a cripple and can do no housework. The brother's work is unsteady, only working about six months out of the year. His income is unknown. Mrs. Howell earns around $4.00 a month on bag stringing and it all goes for clothing for the child. She states she will be unable to buy clothes for the child and supply her with school supplies and carfare if she does not have this income from bag stringing. The house is scantily furnished but is kept clean and neat. The bag stringing does not interfere with her housework. She finds that it helps her nerves.

[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.]