Colonel Sanders plastic bank
October 20, 2008
Apparently, and this is as much a surprise to me as anyone, there is a market for these bits of Kentucky Fried Chicken memorabilia. These banks seem to top out at about $50.
Why do I have one?
My father made it.
He worked for a plastic and neon sign company -Acme Neon Sign- as the designer, and staff artist. So, as a child I was exposed to many wondrous things – mechanical pencils, ammonia fumes, thinners, Letraset, wonderful big drawing tables… anyway, he didn’t really ‘make’ it. No, that claim properly belongs to Sterling Plastics of London Ontario, but he did make the plasticine master from which the mold was made.
I know this because I saw it worked up from the basic wood structure with plasticine built up to the final shape. This is cast from the second version. The first was rejected because my father had made him a bit plumper and a bit more cartoony with a larger head… to hold more money. It was after all, a coin bank.