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7th Grader Discovers Something Wrong With Mobster Al Capone’s Vintage Radio at Philadelphia Prison

Al Capone headshot
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A sharp-eyed boy who noticed that the vintage radio inside gangster Al Capone's former Philadelphia prison cell wasn't historically accurate has delivered a replacement.

Thirteen-year-old Joey Warchal —who collects antique radios — took a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary and noticed that the radio in Capone's cell was wrong.

The Prohibition-era mobster spent time at Eastern State in 1929 and 1930. The radio was made in 1942.

The seventh-grader found a Philco Lowboy 64 from 1929 online for $300. KYW-AM reports the radios have been swapped. The teen was given the 1940s radio as a token of appreciation by Eastern State.

The prison closed in 1971, and now operates as a museum and national historic landmark.

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