Tobacco Bag Stringing

GERRARD, MRS. FLORENCE, 2617 East Franklin St., Richmond, Va.; aged 63; no children.


HOME CONDITIONS: Her husband ran away about a year ago and left her nothing. She lives in one room in the basement and has to do the housework in order to pay for her room and board. She has applied for relief work but has been unable to obtain any. It has been suggested that she go to the City Home but she prefers to work as long as it is possible for her to do so. The money she earns from stringing bags, which amounts to $4.00 a month, all goes for buying her clothes and personal necessities, and medicine. She is in very poor health and feels that bag stringing is the only work she can satisfactorily do, since she has to stay indoors most of the time. she desires more bags than are supplied 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.]