A piece of Confer Plastics history gets some airtime, courtesy of KFC

Piggy Bank

Colonel Sanders Piggy Bank

Did you see the news that KFC is bringing back Colonel Sanders in commercials that started airing this week? http://fortune.com/…/19/kfc-colonel-sanders-darrell-hammond/

That had us reflecting on the past — when we used to MOLD the Colonel…

We manufactured a Colonel Sanders piggy bank for Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1977 and 1978 for the Margardt Corporation which was run by the Colonel’s daughter, Margaret Sanders. Known as his “Spicy Daughter”, Ms. Sanders, who once went searching for the lost city of Atlantis, toured our facility which at the time was housed at the end of the Roblin Steel complex.

The piggy bank was available in three different colors: red, yellow, and white and it was the classic Colonel pose…bespectacled, cane in hand, holding a bucket of KFC. It stands about 8” high and has a coin slot in the bank.

The banks were distributed as giveaways at Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants throughout the United States. Over the life of the project we made tens of thousands of these banks. Many of them can now be found as collector’s items on EBay, selling in the $5 to $12 range.

Needless to say, we were tickled pink when the first commercial came out as it shows some Colonel memorabilia — including two versions of the piggy banks that we made! Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLjflY1dGn8