Tobacco Bag Stringing
Maude Davis

DAVIS, MRS. MAUDE, 315 W. 7th St., South Richmond, Va.; aged 39, husband 52; three infant children living with her.

INCOME: Husband works for the Miller Manufacturing Co., making window frames. He gives her $18 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: They have 4 rooms which are fairly well furnished and kept. The house is in good condition and they have a radio and a washing machine. This family could live fairly well if their debts were paid. Since they owe these debts, they are only allowed to spend $7 a week on groceries, she would ordinarily spend $10 a week for this. Rent is $10 a month, lights are $3 a month, water is 66¢ a month, insurance is $1.43 a week, and wood is $5.00 a month in the winter. She has been stringing bags for six years and makes about $8.75 a month. She likes this work and it doesn't hurt her. This is the only money they have for clothes for themselves and the three 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.]