Kid Spots an Error in Al Capone's Jail Cell
Radio was the wrong vintage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2016 10:46 AM CDT
Joey Warchal poses for a photo in his bedroom with his collection.   (David Swanson/The Philadelphia Daily News via AP)
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(Newser) – 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, reports the AP. 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: The Prohibition-era mobster spent time at Eastern State in 1929 and 1930, but the radio was made in 1942.

The seventh-grader offered to find the prison a historically accurate radio, and 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 that while most kids want toys, "he wants antiques."
 

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