7th Grader Points Out Mistake In Historical Al Capone Prison Display

KCBS_740 PHILADELPHIA (KCBS/AP) — A sharp-eyed boy who collects antique radios is taking umbrage with the vintage radio on display inside gangster Al Capone’s cell at a historic Philadelphia prison.

Eastern State Penitentiary closed in 1971 and now operates as a museum and national historic landmark. Thirteen-year-old Joey Warchal took a tour and noticed the radio in Capone’s cell was wrong.

Along with a stint in Alcatraz during his criminal career, the Prohibition-era mobster spent time at Eastern State in 1929 and 1930. Joey noticed the radio in the display was made in 1942.

The seventh-grader offered to find the prison a historically accurate radio. The prison gladly accepted his help.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports the teen has located a 1929 model and will deliver it to Eastern State next week.

Joey began collecting at age 8. His mom says while most kids want toys “he wants antiques.”

 

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