Tobacco Bag Stringing

SMITH, MIS [sic] BEULAH, aged 24 years, single, resides at 3013 Clay St., Richmond, Virginia.

INCOME: Lives with her sister who earns $15.00 per week.

HOME CONDITIONS: Her sister rents three rooms at $12.00 per month. She has a 12 year old boy who is in school. About $7.00 per week is spent on food; $4.50 a month on gas and electeicity [sic]; and $4.50 a month on insurance. Nothing is ever spent on any recreational activities since it cannot be afforded.

The house is nicely furnished and kept very clean and neat. Miss Smith does all the housework and cooking and still finds time to string enough bags to bring her about $6.00 a month. This income pays for her insurance and her personal necessities. She has been stringing bags about four years and enjoys the work. It if is discontinued she says she will have to obtain other home work.

[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.]