The famous paper bucket that KFC uses for its larger sized orders of chicken and has come to signify the company was originally created by Wendy’s restaurants founder Dave Thomas. Thomas was originally a franchisee of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken and operated several outlets in the Columbus, Ohio area. His reasoning behind using the paper packaging was that it helped keep the chicken crispy by wicking away excess moisture.
[Harland Sanders] was given the honorary title “Kentucky Colonel” in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon. Sanders chose to call himself “Colonel” and to dress in a stereotypical “Southern gentleman” costume as a way of self-promotion.