I will never forget the exuberant feeling of flight that I got from my first pair of roller skates. Unlike the skates in this etegami, they were simply wheeled metal frames that screwed tightly to my shoes. Remember those? The words that accompany the image are the first two lines of “Brand New Key,” a pop song written by folk singer Melanie (Melanie Safka), which was a hit in the early 1970s.
Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple images with words, usually using sumi ink and water-soluble paints applied by natural fiber brushes to washi postcards.