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August 21, 2017

Rare Black and White Photographs of Al Capone and Family from the 1930s

One of the most famous American gangsters, Al Capone, also known as "Scarface," rose to infamy as the leader of the Chicago Outfit during the Prohibition era. Before being sent to Alcatraz Prison in 1934 for a tax evasion conviction, he had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $100 million as the head of the infamous crime syndicate.

These rare photographs from the 1930s capture Al Capone and his family, with stamps for Acme Newspictures, a news agency that operated from 1923 to 1952.

Capone entering courtroom.

AL CAPONE’S BROTHER. UPI Telephoto, 1938, with stamp for Acme Newspictures. Black and white photograph shows Ralph Capone, hiding his face, as he and Mrs. Capone led “lensmen” on a “wild 100-mile chase” after visiting the stricken gangster in Alcatraz.

AL CAPONE’S WIFE. An Acme Newspictures photograph from 1938. The caption of the slug is “A Mink Cape covers the face of Gangster’s Wife.” She has just come from visiting her husband in Alcatraz, and has stopped at a San Francisco gas station.

Al Capone leaving train in Atlanta.


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