Tobacco Bag Stringing
Lillie M. Watkins

WATKINS, MRS. LILLIE M., 1425 Semmes Avenue, South Richmond, Va., aged 34, husband 46, they have four children living with them.

INCOME: Husband works five days a week for WPA at $10 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has four rooms, and is in very poor shape; however, it is kept neat and clean. They have a radio and a washing machine. They live behind a filling station and have to get their water from it. Rent is $10.00 a month, groceries $6.00 a week, light $1.10 a month, coal oil is 48 cents a week, insurance 75 cents a week, and coal last winter cost $8. She has been stringing for four years and makes $4.50 a month. This money is badly needed, and is used for necessities. She likes to do this work and it doesn't bother or interfere with the household duties and care of the four children.

[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.]