Tobacco Bag Stringing
Joseph E. Nunnally

NUNNALLY, JOSEPH E.; aged 73 years; married; nine children; resides at No. 1097 N. 23rd Street, Richmond, Virginia. Children: Charles, aged 47, resides out of town. Hazel, aged 43, resides out of town. Aubrey, aged 38, residing out of town. Eleanora, aged 36, residing out of town. Earl, aged 34, residing out of town. Joseph, aged 45, living at home, unemployed. Lewis, living at home; has unsteady employment. Cecil, living at home, WPA employee.

INCOME: Cecil makes $39.20 on WPA work; Lewis' salary cannot be determined because the work is intermittent.

HOME CONDITIONS: The two, man and wife, are supported by the three sons. The husband is in good health but the wife is blind, in poor health, and is completely confined. Both have been stringing bags for about five years. He states, "I enjoy sitting down stringing bags." He makes about $4.00 per month. This money is used for necessities which they feel their children are incapable of giving them. The wife requires special food as her doctor has prescribed a diet which necessitates special and expensive foods. The home is kept very neat; they have electricity, costing about $1.70 per month; gas which costs about $2.00 per month. Groceries for the family average about $12.00 per month. They feel that the bag money comes in very handy for food. If any extra money comes in it is spent on food. They both feel that the income from the stringing of bags is very necessary. Mr. and Mrs. Nunnally have applied for old-age pension but neither have received it.

[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.]