A few months back a good friend and I went to Eastern State Penitentiary in philadelphia, PA. While on Rug Rag we wouldn't ordinarily post about ESP, it's about that time of year when people start talking about Halloween and haunted locations. Well, that... And some time ago we did write an article about Al Capone's Cell in ESP. Apparently 'scarface' did have a fair amount of leverage even when in jail. According to records, guards 'allowed' him to have some pretty fancy oriental rugs.
So, here's a photograph of Al 'Scarface' capone's cell as represented when we visited... While the carpet below appears to be a machine made carpet in the Art Deco/Peking fusion variety, it is widely accepted Capone had some true hand knotted rugs. What they were, we have yet to see original images, although it's said this arrangement is in the spirit of how his cell once was.
And a few extra photographs for those of you who are interested in this dilapidated structure which many have come to recognize as one of the Northeast's most haunted locations.
Above: The infamous 'Barber Chair'
Above: ESP is recognized as a national 'ruin.' There are signs here and there of nature overriding preservation.
Above: Layers, upon layers of paint. Like the Pistachio paint!
Above: One of several intimidating watchtowers on premises.
Above: Exposed wooden buttresses.
Above: A heavy duty switch located in one of the newer buildings.
Above: Bars, bars and more bars.