Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Miller Bellam

BELLAM, MRS. MILLER; aged 64; resides at No. 818 N. 25th Street, Richmond, Virginia; married; husband is 74; no children.

INCOME: Receives $10.00 a month from old-age pension.

HOME CONDITIONS: They live in one room, very crowded, but kept neat and clean. They keep two children in the afternoons for which they receive $1.00 per week. Each one of them eats one meal per day with them. They rent this room for $5.00 per month. The money they receive from stringing bags is spent on food and to pay insurance. She stated she did not know what she would do without the bag money, which brings her from $4.00 to $5.00 per month. She must have outside help if the bags are taken away from her.

[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.]