Tobacco Bag Stringing

DURRETTE, MRS. JOSEPHINE, 210 W. 8th St., South Richmond, Va. aged 50, widow and has six children living with her.

INCOME: A son makes $8.50 a week on WPA but this is the family's only income except money derived from bag stringing.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has four rooms and needs repairs badly. There is no electricity, but they have a battery radio. The house is well furnished and clean. Groceries are $8.00 a week, rent $15.00 a month, water 66 cents a month. Insurance is 30 cents a week. She has been stringing bags for eighteen years and with the help of the children that are old enough she makes about $41.00 a month. This work has never affected their health and without it they would not be able to live without outside aid.

[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.]