Tobacco Bag Stringing
Ellen Tyler

TYLER, MRS. ELLEN, 6 E. 9th St., South Richmond, Va.; age 26, husband 27; three infant children living with her.

INCOME: Husband works 3 or 4 days a week for a plumbing supply company. He makes $16 a week if he works a full week, but he hasn't worked a full week for 5 months.

HOME CONDITIONS: The apartment has three rooms which would make nice quarters if they had decent furniture and were kept clean. The grocery bill is $5.00 a week, rent $12 a month, light bill was $2.40 a month, but the lights have been cut off for failure of payment. Water is included in the rent. She has been stringing bags for five years and makes about $7.00 a month. This money is spent on clothes for the children and is the only possible means she has of keeping them clothed.

[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.]