Tobacco Bag Stringing

BURNETT, MRS. GLADYS, 817 N. 24th Street, Richmond, Virginia; aged 29; married, three children. Children: Roland, aged 9, in school. Garland, aged 7, in school, Virginia, aged 2, at home.

INCOME: They have a monthly grocery ticket of $20.00 from the City. Husband is unemployed. His average wage was $30.00 a month when he was working, but he only works about five month a year.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent three rooms at $9.00 a month. $20.00 a month is spent on food but she does not feel that it is sufficient for the children. Electricity costs about $1.00 a month. She earns about $6.00 a month from bag stringing. This money is necessary and she will have to receive other relief if this work is discontinued, but will not be able to leave home to work on account of the children. She says bag stringing does not affect her health nor make her nervous. The children's clothes are given by the Social Service Bureau. The rooms are very crowded, poorly furnished and dirty, but she still says that bag stringing does not interfere with her housework or attending to the children. They money from bag stringing is also used to pay insurance of $2.50 a month.

[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.]