Tobacco Bag Stringing
Kate Seay

SEAY, MRS. KATE; aged 68, married; her husband is 72; lives at 1100 N. 23rd Street, Richmond, Virginia; no children.

INCOME: $30.00 per month pension which Mr. Seay receives from Virginia Electric and Power Company.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent three rooms at $12.00 per month. She has tried to work for other people on the outside but finds she is too weak and sickly to do it. She is more or less confined to her rooms and finds that stringing bags not only earns her around $6.00 a month but it keeps her mind occupied and she enjoys doing it. Her house is kept spotlessly clean and fairly well furnished. Bag stringing does not interfere with her housekeeping. She has been doing this work for fie years. She spends $10.00 a month on groceries, $1.00 a month for electricity and about $2.00 a month for gas. Her insurance amounts to $7.50 per month and she uses all of the money that she gets from bag stringing to pay this insurance. She states that the money earned from this work is absolutely necessary and that they will have to receive other relief as they are unable to work.

[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.]