Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. B.C. Duncan

DUNCAN, MRS. B.C.; aged 42 years; married; two children; resides at 3414 East Marshall Street, Richmond, Virginia. Children: Boy, aged 15. Girl, aged 14.

INCOME: Her husband is a painter; works about six months out of the year; earns $20.00 a week, but has not worked for three weeks.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own their home, and we were unable to determine if there is any mortgage on it. It is nicely furnished and kept spotlessly clean inside and out. They have a radio, refrigerator and gas stove. Electric and gas bills are about $6.00 a month; insurance about $8.00; groceries average $40.00 a month. They spend about $8.00 a year on recreation for the children. She states that stringing bags is a pleasure and does not interfere with her housework. She earns about $5.00 a month from it. She cannot get bags except occasionally. The money is needed for the children's carfare, food and necessities, since her husband's income is so indefinite. She has been stringing bags for four years and will have to get some other work which must be done at home if the bag work is discontinued.

[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.]