Sunday, July 12, 2009

Al Capone's "Park Avenue" Cell

This is Al Capone's Eastern State Penitentiary cell preserved for posterity with Art Deco and Victorian furniture popular in the late 1920s. I that it looked much nicer back in his day.

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.
To see my other Eastern State Penitentiary post click here.

More Monochrome Weekly photos can be seen here.

13 comments:

  1. Boy...what a cell he had. I don't imagine they are much like that today :) Thank goodness. LOL

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  2. that indeed is very interesting

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  3. Welldone,nice setting-Great monochrome picture:)
    Have a nice day.

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  4. wow this is a cool shot. love the texture. love the old time feel. and love the clutterness of what i assume is bad feng shui. lol.

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  5. Fabulous shot - oops, no pun intended re Al Capone! lol

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  6. A nice desk at which to sit while working on the tax returns.

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  7. What money can buy...

    At least it gave rise to a nice picture and a good story.

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  8. Very vintage. Awesome capture and a very informative post this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Very nicely done. It looks very vintage, slightly faded and sepia-toned.

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  10. amazing, I had no idea he was afforded such 'luxury'.. good shot

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  11. I love looking at the Italian vanity. Great opportunity to see pictures with a tad of history for the famous and the unfamous.

    You are a good photographer James. Almost a Pro.

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  12. Really, really fascinating! I wouldn't mind living there...

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  13. I feel the American history.
    A person seems to still sit there.

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