Say it in a Mae West voice, see if he gets the little joke. What little joke? you ask. Well, looky what General Electric has for wives wanting to hint around that they would just love a nice new vacuum cleaner!
Yes, it is a miniature model of a vacuum cleaner. Your local GE dealer is waiting to hand one to you – “and it won’t cost you a red cent.”
So you take it home (says GE) and stick a little note inside the tiny vacuum. What will the note say? Not anything obvious like “I want this!” No, it will have the dealer’s name and address on it. And then you put it in your husband’s pocket and wait until he discovers it.
“Hey, that’s not my keys! What – what is this? Who is this Lou Hooverific fellow? Is this some kind of funny business? Are you two-timing me with a vacuum salesman?”
But don’t worry, he will catch on almost immediately. GE says so. But I’m not sure you’d know, right off the bat, how to interpret it when your spouse starts getting miniature versions of things they want and stuffing them in your pockets. You’ll look at your kid’s dollhouse and dolls in a whole new light now. Barbie has a nice set of fancy jewelry and luggage. On the other hand, the furniture in that dollhouse looks like someone’s been chewing on it. Which isn’t much different than what you’ve already got.
Instead of the note, maybe you’d better just write him a letter and stick it in the old vacuum cleaner. And then put that out in the hallway where he can trip over it. That’ll do the trick.
[From Life, December 7, 1953. Big version here.