Tobacco Bag Stringing
Inez Dunnavant

DUNNAVANT, MRS. INEZ, 1722 Porter St., South Richmond, Va; wife aged 48, husband 50; they have one child living with them.

INCOME: Husband is a stove-moulder and gives her $15.00 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has seven rooms, is very well furnished, and very well kept. They have a radio and a washing machine. This family is much better off than others in this section. Groceries are $5.00 a week, insurance is $4.42 a week, taxes are $35.00 a year, lights $1.50 a month, gas $1.20 a month, and water 66 cents a month. She has been stringing bags for eight years and makes $7.00 a month. Although she doesn't have to, she likes to do this work. Her eyes are weak but it doesn't bother her to string. She could string more bags but she sews practically all the clothes she uses and doesn't have more time.

[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.]