Tobacco Bag Stringing
Alice Wilkerson

WILKERSON, MRS. ALICE, 23 W. 9th St., South Richmond, Va. age 61, wodow [sic] and has a daughter and a granddaughter living with her.

INCOME: Her only income besides what she makes by stringing bags is $10 a week that her daughter gives her.

HOME CONDITIONS: There are three rooms in her apartment which are well kept and fairly well furnished. She owns an electric refrigerator and a radio. This family is not dependent on bag stringing, but it allows them to live a little better. She has done this work for five years and makes $11 a month. She likes to do this work because she is too old to do anything else and it occupies her spare time. She would have been unable to buy coal last winter had it not been for the money she made by stringing bags.

[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.]