Tobacco Bag Stringing
Susie Crowder

CROWDER, MRS. SUSIE, 901 Porter St., South Richmond, Va., aged 31, husband 35; has on child living with her.

INCOME: Husband was working for $2.50 a week but now works for a garage doing piece work, but only gets very little for this.

HOME CONDITIONS: Apartment has two rooms which are well kept, but the house is in need of repairs. She has been sick and has to go to the clinic twice a week, and is, therefore, unable to work. Groceries cost $2.50 a week, rent $3.00 a month, lights have been cut off, insurance had to be discontinued, and water is 66 cents a month. The City has been giving them coal and coal oil. She has been stringing for six years and makes $1.50 a week. She has to have this work in order to live. This doesn't bother her, and she likes to do 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.]