Tobacco Bag Stringing

BURRUSS, MRS. E. E., married, no children, resides at 2601 E. Leigh Street, Richmond, Va. Aged 32.

INCOME: Husband is a painter and works about six months out of the year. Earns as high as $25.00 a week when working.

HOME CONDITIONS: Rents two rooms at $8.50 a month. Keeps them very neat and clean. Spends bout $20.00 per month on groceries. She earns about $8.00 a month stringing bags and uses all of it to buy food and clothes and to pay the rent. This income is necessary to take care of them during the time the husband is not working. Every cent counts, she says, and if the bags are taken away it will be necessary for her to find work elsewhere. She enjoys doing this bag work and it does not affect her health or interfere with her housework.

[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.]