Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mattie Cottrell

COTTRELL, MRS. MATTIE, 915 Semmes Ave., South Richmond, Va., age 66, widow and lives by herself.

INCOME: She house cleans and makes a little money, but her main income is from stringing bags.

HOME CONDITIONS: She has two rooms which are fairly nice and well furnished. The house is kept very clean and neat. She wouldn't be able to live without the help of bags. A lost of her food is given to her, and she only has to buy about $1.50 a week. The rent is $5.50 a month, including lights and water. Coal oil is 40 cents a week, and coal is 50 cents a week in winter. She can't afford insurance. She has been stringing bags for six years and makes about $6.75 a month. She does all the work herself. This work takes up her spare time and she uses the money for food and rent.

[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.]