Up The River In Style #13693
This is Al Capone's prison cell with furnishings during his stay at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.
In 1929, Big Al had come east on "business" to Atlantic City. On his way back through Philly, he was pursued by rival gangsters who wanted to kill him. To escape, he went up to a street cop and pull open his coat to reveal a pistol. With concealed carry illegal in Pennsylvania at the time, Capone got a year in jail. He ended up here in Eastern State. One of his bodyguards allowed himself to be arrested at the same time and went into prison with Capone to protect him.
Al did his his short one year stint in the slammer and was released, but as a powerful man that time, enjoyed some obvious privileges while incarcerated, like this furnished room that even had a radio, a comfortable chair, and art on the walls. This is his actual cell somewhat run down nowadays, and the furnishings used approximate the appearance in 1929.