Tobacco Bag Stringing
Sarah Carter

CARTER, MRS. SARAH, 3015½ Williamsburg Ave., Richmond, Va., aged 46; two children. She is married. Children, Claude, age 9, in school. Sarah, aged 8, in school.

INCOME: Husband earns $39.20 a month on WPA.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent six rooms house at $10.00 a month. it was very shabbily furnished and rather cold. The children were very clean and neat. $5 a week is spend on food which she says is not nearly sufficient for the family's needs. She earns about $12 a month from stringing bags which she has been doing for thirty years. She said that if it weren't for this income, they would go hungry. All of this money goes for food and material for making the children's clothes. It will be absolutely necessary for her to have other relief if the bags are taken away. She enjoys doing the bags and does not find that they interfere with her household duties or affect her health in any way.

[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.]