Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Valdrighi

VALDRIGHI, MRS. A.; widow; aged 43; five children; resides No. 314 N. 21st Street, Richmond, Virginia. Children: Julia, aged 19, laundry employee; earns about $40.00 per month. Pearl, aged 17, at home, unemployed. Annie, aged 14, in school. Mary, aged 12, in school. Alfred, aged 9, in school.

INCOME: Julia's salary is the only source of income, which amounts to $40.00 per month. One-half of this amount is given to her mother, with which to run the home. Mrs. Valdrighi receives a monthly grocery order from the City of Richmond for $16.00.

HOME CONDITIONS: Husband died two years ago and left $750.00 mortgage on home. It is doubtful if the home can be sold for the mortgage. Interest payments average about $3.50 per month. The house is kept unusually clean and neat and is nicely furnished. There is no electricity, gas being used for lighting and cooking. This amounts to around $4.50 a month. The children were very clean and neat in appearance, as was the mother. Julia has trouble with her hand and feet and has to spend about $10.00 a month on medicine and in medical treatments and, therefore, is unable to give her mother more than one-half of her income. Mrs. Valdrighi, after caring for the home and the children has only a small amount of spare time which she utilizes in stringing cotton tobacco bags. She cannot obtain enough to occupy her spare moments but she earns about $4.00 a month therefrom, using $1.40 each month to pay insurance and the balance for food. She states that bag stringing never interferes with her home work and that while it is not absolutely necessary, it is a wonderful help to the family, enabling her to protect her insurance and buy additional food.

[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.]