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Al Capones cell

Al Capone's cell

Alphonse "Scarface" Capone
Chicago’s most famous mob boss spent eight months at Eastern State in 1929-1930.
Arrested for carrying a concealed, deadly weapon, this was Capone’s first prison sentence.
His time in Eastern State was spent in relative luxury.
His cell on the Park Avenue Block had fine furniture, oriental rugs, and a cabinet radio.

On March 17, 1930 Chicago gangster Al Capone and his bodyguard Frank Cline are released from Graterford, a branch of ESP where they had been transferred the day before.
Their release from Graterford instead of ESP was ordered by the prison's Board of Trustees, most likely to avoid potential violence or mayhem outside of the Philadelphia prison.
Still, hundreds of onlookers gathered outside of Eastern State, hoping to catch a glimpse of Capone, until Warden Herbert Smith announced that Capone and Cline had already been released from Graterford.

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Gerda Kettner05-Apr-2013 11:33
there it is, like this room, wonderful capture Stephanie V
Alain Boussac04-Apr-2013 07:50
Almost surreal, excellent image. V.
Carol Rollins03-Apr-2013 04:57
Amazing information, Steph, and this photo is fantastic! Your composition is outstanding,
and the detail, textures, light, color are all perfection.
MarcViskens02-Apr-2013 19:43
very beautiful shot Stephanie
meekam tam02-Apr-2013 09:46
Amazing capture of the cell and an interesting history of it, Stephanie! V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal02-Apr-2013 08:39
Thanks for sharing this information and image, great work Stephanie!! V
Dara Su02-Apr-2013 06:01
Nice capture. V
Sam Rua02-Apr-2013 01:46
Nicely captured and presented with the historical info. Well done, Stephanie.
Jean Chiasson02-Apr-2013 01:02
Beautiful image and snippet of history Stephanie vote
Yi Feng02-Apr-2013 00:13
Gorgeous light!
David Hobbs01-Apr-2013 23:45
Amazing. Capone is an extraordinary historical celebrity and this is a fascinating picture. Beautifully shot. BV
sue anne01-Apr-2013 23:35
Even though it looks plush, I don't think I could live there in the concrete cell and the light from the top looks limiting on darker days. V
rocky01-Apr-2013 22:36
Pretty good diggs! =V=
Tom Munson01-Apr-2013 21:31
Awesome image Stephanie, and great commentary.
Frank Brault01-Apr-2013 21:18
WOW, what an interesting image and story! V
Karen Stuebing01-Apr-2013 21:09
Amazing luxury in prison but I suppose it's still prison. I like all the comforts in the cold setting of the cell. V.
fotabug01-Apr-2013 20:58
Well, I guess he arranged that too!
Hank Vander Velde01-Apr-2013 20:32
A terrific well captured image along good/interesting description Stephanie.
Patricia Kay01-Apr-2013 20:29
Fabulous image of this luxurious cell Steph...BV
marie-jose wolff01-Apr-2013 19:44
I love the skylight that illuminates the cell, rather comfortable! V
Johnny JAG01-Apr-2013 19:03
That looks very plush
joseantonio01-Apr-2013 18:43
Quite an interesting capture. Very nice work.V.
rousselziak01-Apr-2013 18:16
WoW ! Fantastic ! -V-
Paul L-R01-Apr-2013 17:07
Who said crime doesn't pay?Superb capture, Stephanie. V
Tom LeRoy01-Apr-2013 16:40
How interesting. It looks as if he spent his time in relative luxury. A great capture! V
Knox O01-Apr-2013 16:38
looks cozy....☻
Zoltán Balogh01-Apr-2013 16:12
Wow Steph...this is history! How interesting! V
Margot W01-Apr-2013 15:53
Like a movie set stage. Unbelievable and well shot.
John Reynolds01-Apr-2013 15:53
It may be a well furnished cell but I wouldn't want to stay there!
globalgadabout01-Apr-2013 15:20
almost surreal...excellent shot...V
Walter O. Koenig01-Apr-2013 14:57
Very cool shot Steph, well framed by the door. Great exposure, and what a contrast between the walls and the luxurious furnishings. "V"
Art Rodriguez01-Apr-2013 14:31
What an excellent photo. Love the light spilling in from the ceiling. BV!
Graeme01-Apr-2013 13:46
I bet no one else had a grand cell like this one, Stephanie! V
Jim's Visions01-Apr-2013 13:42
Much nicer than his cell I saw on the "Rock" I saw in San Francisco. I have to assume he had another cell next to this one with his bathtub and toilet. I like his skylight(hope it doesn't leak when it rains) but don't care much for his choice in wall colors.
Martin Lamoon01-Apr-2013 12:41
Great place, he lived in luxury!
Excellent exposure. v
Terry Sprague01-Apr-2013 12:32
Wow nice capture and great snippet of history! V
burtmann01-Apr-2013 12:18
Quite interesting, and believable for the time. V
Jim Coffman01-Apr-2013 12:17
Wow,seriously??? What a great capture!!
Pierre01-Apr-2013 11:55
Aussi bien s'installer à son aise! V
Yvonne01-Apr-2013 10:37
I guess if he was confined in the present situation, he'd also have a
computer & a cell phone! v
Kim01-Apr-2013 10:06
I guess he had superior treatment in this prison! V
Sheila01-Apr-2013 10:06
A home away from home!
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)01-Apr-2013 10:01
.....seems like a friendly place! BV
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