Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Wagner

WAGNER, MRS. ; 53 years of age; married, no children; resides at 3005 Williamsburg Avenue, Richmond, Va.

INCOME: Husband works intermittently; has been employed only six months out of past year; earns around $12.00 or $15.00 a week when he works.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent 5 rooms at $10.00 per month, which are very scantily furnished and extremely dirty, and very delapidated [sic]. Everything they earn is spent. They sometimes get food from the church and charity. The husband states that if it were not for these bags they would be out on the street. At present they are in arrears in their rent and electricity. They have been doing this work for forty-five years and feel that it would be impossible to get along without it. They do not find bag stringing hard work but it makes them a little nervous. The income from the bags is about $8.00 to $10.00 a month. Both were very poorly dressed and she states she has only one dress and no shoes or stockings.

[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.]