All this week Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants have been celebrating the 70th anniversary of Colonel Sanders’ famous original recipe. Harland Sanders, (he didn’t become a Colonel until 1935 or '36), first served his chicken with eleven herbs and spices in 1930 at his gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. It wasn’t until the 1950's when the Colonel started to sell his chicken to be served in restaurants across the nation. Eventually, in 1952 the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain was born and the first restaurant was in Salt Lake City. You can read more KFC history here.
Yesterday, the first lady and I decided to celebrate with a bucket of chicken. As a fan of any retro style packaging, I got a thrill that our chicken was served in this 70th anniversary replica bucket.
Here’s a photo of an original bucket from the 1960's. Boy, the size and price of the bucket, sure have changed.
If you’re in the Christmas spirit click here and here for a vintage holiday bucket. For people in the Halloween spirit click here and here for a vintage Jack O’ Lantern bucket.
The first bucket appeared in 1957. Did you know that Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas came up with the chicken bucket? Yep! He also suggested it spin outside on the sign! The famous chicken bucket has become an important piece of popular culture. I have almost 5000 images in my flickr archive and my most popular photo is of a KFC chicken bucket. The photo below is closing in on 30,000 hits! Crazy man, crazy!
You know chicks dig the bucket, dontcha? Also, The Price Is (always) Right for a chicken bucket!
My pal Allen of Roadside Pictures has a nice archive of Kentucky Fried Chicken items here.
Also, check these photos out from Through Joanne’s eye here and here. So lucky that she met the Colonel!
Before I let you go, here’s some Kentucky Fried Fun to help celebrate the Walt Disney of fast food, Colonel Sanders and his original recipe.
Videos uploaded to YouTube by dianamherrera and edoplasschaert.