Tobacco Bag Stringing

BRYANT, MRS. NELLIE, aged 31; married; no children, resides at No. 2609 "Q" Street, Richmond, Virginia.

INCOME: Husband employee of American Tobacco Company, earning between $18.00 and $20.00 per week. Only works around six months out of a year.

HOME CONDITIONS: Mrs. Bryant is not in good health and requires frequent medical attention. Has also been in hospital several times where she has a large bill. She rents a six-room house at $11.00 per month. Groceries amount to around $28.00 per month. All of the money which she earns stringing bags goes for paying insurance, which amounts to $10.00 a month. Since she is in ill health she would be unable to do other work to replace money earned from bag stringing if it is discontinued in homes. Her husband feels that this extra money is necessary since he only works about half-time. Mrs. Bryant is very nervous and finds bag stringing a great help for this condition.

[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.]