May 22, 2013

The Colonel Catches The Fever

Pac-Man Stickers
Kentucky Fried Chicken (New Zealand)
Source: Steve Williams
Thirty-three years ago today, Pac-Man made its debut in Japan.  It first appeared in Japanese arcades five weeks before I was born, and it came to the United States nearly six months after I was born, so I've grown up with Pac-Man as a part of my life.  Rarely have I ever passed a machine in the wild where I didn't pop in a quarter and enjoy a game.

Pac-Man was a phenomenon that inspired tons of licensed products and partnerships throughout the world.  These stickers were given away by Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in New Zealand in the early 80's.  They were shared by Steve Williams, who has an incredible Flickr account of vintage products and packaging from the island nation.