Tobacco Bag Stringing
Daisy Bradshaw

BRADSHAW, MRS. DAISY; aged 60; married; resides at No. 1007 N. 26th Street, Richmond, Virginia; no children, but they support their granddaughter, Margaret Bigger, 19 years of age.

INCOME: Mrs. Bradshaw receives $20.00 per month from old-age pension. She has a monthly grocery order of $6.00 supplied by the government.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a hours of six rooms, at $12.50 per month. They have been stringing bags for five years. She is assisted by her granddaughter, Margaret. The house is very neat, well furnished and clean. She has electricity which costs about $1.30 per month, coal stove for heat and oil stove for cooking. Both together cost about $12.00 a month. she does all of her housework and the bags are done in her spare time; in fact, she cannot obtain enough bags to occupy their spare time, and the income from bag stringing amounts to only about $5.00 a month. She feels that the bags are not absolutely necessary; however, they constitute a great help in supplying her with necessities and in taking care of emergencies.

[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.]