Tobacco Bag Stringing

WHITLOCK, MISS ALICE; aged 69; resides at No. 513 N. 24th Street, Richmond, Virginia.

INCOME: $20.00 per month from rental of house which she owns. Do not know if the house is mortgaged.

HOME CONDITIONS: She owns her home and rents the upstairs. Lives by herself. House is kept very neat and clean and is fairly well furnished. She pays about $12.00 per month for groceries, $2.00 a month for insurance and about $2.00 a month for gas. She is in bad health, has heart trouble and has to have doctor frequently. She takes care of the house unassisted. She says needs every penny she can make as she has to keep up all the repairs on the home. She likes the bag work. Finds that it makes her nervous at times but does not mind it. The doctor advised this work to keep her mind occupied at night, since she cannot sew at all. She has been doing it for fifty years. Her income from the bags is about $5.00 per month. She states that she needs every penny she can possible make, although she will be unable to work at anything else 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.]