Eastern State’s most famous inmate, Al Capone (C-5527) was transferred to his "Park Avenue" cell in August of 1929. Capone was reportedly quite pleased with his new quarters. An article published in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, August 20, 1929, described his cell:
"The whole room was suffused in the glow of a desk lamp which stood on a polished desk.... On the once-grim walls of the penal chamber hung tasteful paintings, and the strains of a waltz were being emitted by a powerful cabinet radio receiver of handsome design and fine finish...."
The article’s headline read, "'Very Comfortable' says Capone from Luxury Cell at Eastern Pen."
The restored cell, with its oriental rugs and fine furnishings, is a popular stop for many visitors.
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