Tobacco Bag Stringing
Lucille Newton

NEWTON, MRS. LUCILLE, 6 E. 9thSt., South Richmond, Va. aged 22, husband 24; has one infant child and her mother-in-law living with her.

INCOME: Husband has a part time job at the Deepwater Terminal and gets 50 cents an hour when he is working. He only works when the weather is good and his job is almost over. They have no other income.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent one large and one small room. They cook and eat in the small room and live in the large one. Although the furnishings and general condition of the place is good, it is ill kept. There is a radio. This family will be able to get by as long as husband has job, but after that they will be dependent on bags for their income. Groceries cost $5 a week, rent is $6 a month, water is included in the rent, and the electricity has been cut off for non-payment; they also cannot afford insurance. She has been stringing for two years and with the aid of her mother-in-law she makes about $9.00 a month. This work has never bothered either one of them. At present they can get along without this work but if her husband gets laid off they will be dependent on it.

[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.]