The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78
The smaller one is supplied to worker already machine-hemmed at top, but worker has to sew the two sides, for which she gets 6½d. for twenty sacks.
The large one has to be sewn on two sides and round top, the pay being 8d. for fourteen sacks. Worker can earn 6s. to 6s. 3d. per week, page 14 the work being very heavy. She also finds needles, thimble, and 2d. for barrow-hire for each load if the factory is too distant. The bundles weigh about ½ cwt., and if near enough—say, within half a mile—the women carry them on their heads to and from their homes.
The woman who made these two sacks is one of a very large family, most of whom have made sacks for many years.
To add to the interest of these sacks, two photographs are shown, one of the children and one of the women resident in the court where these identical sacks were made.