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St. Louis Advertising and PR Agencies

The definition of what an advertising agency is has certainly changed over the years, but one truism remains – agencies exist as a collection of experts who use their professional advice and talents to advance their clients’ brands and messages. These talents are used in print advertising, graphic design/collateral, radio and television production, public relations, sales promotions, events, outdoor displays, web and digital media. Agency sizes vary and our goal for this list is to recognize as many St. Louis communications professionals as we can.

We’ve attempted to gather the names of St. Louis advertising agencies from over the years. Some of these firms were headquartered in St. Louis, while others had their headquarters in different cities and maintained a St. Louis office.

In any list of this nature there are omissions and we apologize in advance. If you know of an advertising agency that is not included please send it via email to history@swbell.net. If you can include a brief history (or archives) we would appreciate that information as well.

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Agency NameHistoryAccounts
Gardner Advertising  1908-1989 Formerly H.E. Lesan & Co. (1902) Frisco Railroad (1908), B.F. Goodrich (1908), Oldsmobile (1908), Hamilton-Brown Shoe (1908), Rock Island Railroad (1908), Fownes Gloves (1908), Guckenheimer Rye (1908), Appleton Manufacturing (1908), Cooper Wells & Co. (1908), Charles Scribner's Sons (1908), Ralston Purina (1910), Twinplex Razors (1910), A.B. Dick (1912), Ford (1912), Butler Brothers (1912), Kuppenheimer (1912), Van Houten & Zoon, Phoenix Knitting Mills (1912), Yesterlaid Egg Farm (1915), Wabash Railroad (1915), Trimfoot Shoes (1913), Valier & Spies Milling (1914), Bemis Brothers Bag Company, Elder Mfg. (1916), Becker Moore Paint, Funk & Wagnalls, Sealy Mattress Company, Tom Sawyer boys' wear (1918- 55), Blue Bird Manufacturing (1919), Lambert Pharmacal (1920), American Radiator, Packard Motor Car Company (1920), Phoenix Knitting Works (1920), Cole Brothers Lightning Rod, Pet (Helvetia) Milk (1921), Carter Carburetor, American Car and Foundry, Pull-u-Out Sales Co., United Hotels (1924), Cupples Co. (1927?), American Photo Engravers (1927), Granite City Steel (1928?), Simmons Hardware (1928?), Hercules Motors (1928?-), Hookless Fastener Company (1928?-), Illinois Glass Company (1928?-), Gerber Baby Foods, Mayfair Hotel (1928?-), Hussman Refrigeration (1928-), Brown Shoe Company (1929-), L&N Railroad, Stokely-Van Camp, Alcoa (1931), Gulf Refining (1931), Dorothy Perkins Company (1932-), Famous-Barr (1934- ), Buster Brown Shoes (1934-36), Falstaff Beer (1934-38), Viviano Bros. Macaroni (1934-36), Dainty Flour (1934-35), Bean Hole Beans (1934-35), A.E. Staley Syrups (1935), Ry-Krisp, McKesson and Roberts liquor brands (1935), Dri-Brite Wax (1936-1938), Old Judge Coffee (1936-51), Supreme Butter Cookies (1938), Monsanto chemicals (1938), Princess Crackers (1938), Union Biscuit Co. (1938-48), Wabash Railroad (1939), Sayman's Soap (1939), Koken Companies (1941), Cessna Aircraft (1942), Lee Overalls (1942), Kent Vitamins (1943-), B-1 Beverage Co. (1943-1947?), Union Electric (1944-53), Purina Mills (1944-52), Hyde Park Beer (1944-1948), N.Y. Stock Exchange (1945-), Rhythm Step Shoes (1945), Frisco Railroad (1945), St. Louis Public Service Co. (1945-49), Dazey home appliances (1946), Ritepoint Pencils (1946), Gemco Air-Conditioners (1946), Sutho Suds Co. (1946), National Guard of the US (1947-1950), First National Bank (1948), Banquet Canned Foods (1948), Southwestern Bell (1948), Day-Brite Lighting (1948), Barton's Dynashine (1949-50), Cook Kill Insecticide (1949-50), Omega Flour (1949-), Dramex paints (1949), Old Judge Coffee (1949- 1952), Larieuse Hair Coloring (1949-), Bromo Quinine Cold Tablets (1949-53), Kare Lotion Deodorant (1949-), Ely & Walker Dry Goods (1950), Fitch Shampoo (1950-52), 4-Way Cold Tablets (1950-52), Bemis Bags (1950), Union Electric (1951-), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1951), Granite City Steel (1952), Stilbosol feed mix (1954), Jack Daniels Whiskey (1954), Eli Lilly (1954), Busch Bavarian Beer (1955), Mark Twain shirts (1955), Monsanto farm chemicals (1955), Comet Pre-Fluffed Rice (1955), St. Louis Union Trust (1956), Grove Laboratories (1957), Arel, Inc. (1958-1962), National Car Rentals (1958), Lucky Tiger hair products (1959), Greater St. Louis Chevrolet Dealers (1959), Popsicles (1959), Deere and Co. (1959), Grove Laboratories' Pazo suppositories (1959), Alitalia Airlines (1960), American Zinc, Lead and Smelting Co. (1960), Sunray DX (1962), Cabans, Bock y Ca, Antonio y Cleopatro, Roi Tan and La Corona cigars (1963), Whitman's Chocolates (1964), Yardley (1964), Carlton cigarettes (1964), Old Forester (1964), Montclair cigarettes (1964), Corvel veterinary supplies (1966), American Electric Power System (1966), Like soft drink (1967), Convention and Tourist Board of Greater St. Louis (1974), Six Flags Over Mid-America (1978), Revere Ware (1978), Heath Candy Co. (1978), Dazey Products Co. (1979), Dad's Root Beer (1979), Bubble Up (1979), Old El Paso foods (1981), Pet Evaporated Milk (1981), Sego Diet Foods (1981), Heartland Natural Cereal (1981), Centerre Trust, Centerre Bancorp, Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages, Mercury Outboard Motors, Mazzio's Pizza, Ken's Pizza, Jack In the Box, SW Bell Mobile Systems North (1987), Illinois Central Railroad (1988), Barnes Hospital (1989), Eckert's Orchards (1989),
Geile-Leon Marketing Communications  2008? Metro Imaging, Ascension, NDEC, GeoTechnology, The Outsource Group, XIOLINK, Greenlight Innovations, Intercard, Manna Pro,
Geile-Rexford  Crown Optical (1991), Therminol fluids (1993), J. Chisolm boots (1994), First Bank (1994), Solstar heaters (1994), KYKY (1994), KSD-FM (1994), St. Louis Regional Hospital (1994), David Sherman Corp. (1994), Beaver Brand Hats (1995), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1996), Health Partners (1998),
Geileon 
Geisz Agency  Rich Food Plan of St. Louis (1952),
Robert Geller Assoc. Inc  1975?
George-Savan Advertising  Mayfair Hotel (1967), Nantucket Cove Restaurant (1967), National Aviation Underwriters (1971),
Gibson Public Relations  2008- 2010
Givens Communications  Personal Computing Institute (1990),
Glastris Advertising Agency  1959? Formerly Glastris-Camien Miss Hulling's Cafeterias (1960),
Glastris-Camien Advertising  1957?- 1959? Became Glastris Advertising Agency
Glastris-Manning 
Glennon & Company  1988 Fairmount Park (1989), The Linen Center (1989), Weight Loss Clinic of St. Louis (1990), McDonald's (1991), Famous Barr (1991), Roundup & Greensweep lawn products (1992), Midas Mufflers (1995), Popeye's (1995), Solaris Group (1995), Eagle Snacks (1995), Red Wolf Beer (1995), Lutheran Family & Children's Services (1999),
Glennon Co.  Skil-Bosch Power Tool Group 1999, McBride & Son Homes 1999,
Go Brand Go  2014
Gold Advertising Agency  1952?
Good & Welsh  -1979
Good, Holmes and Welsh, Inc.  1979-
Gordon-Marshall, Inc.  1951 Aluma-Kraft awnings (1952), Berry-Wehmiller Machinery Co. (1962),
Gorilla 76 
Thomas Gorman, Inc. Marketing Communications  1995 Greater St. Louis Automotive Assn. (1995),
Grandone Hauser, Inc.  St. Louis Area Hotel Association (1995), Madison County Transit District (1996), Heartland Bank (1996), Southwestern Illinois Tourism and Convention Bureau (1996), American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri (1996), GHB Publishers (1999), Gateway FUTUREKIDS (1999),
William Grayson, Jr.  1928?
Green Light Marketing  2001- 2011
Greenway Advertising Agency  1956? Soundolier, Inc. (1956),
Grizzell & Company  1992- Central West End Association, Mississippi River Hills Association, CB Richard Ellis, Country Club of St. Albans, Pinnacle Contracting, Coach Harder Driving School, Hanley Station, Frontenac Bank, Fair St. Louis, Belleville Shoe, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Whittaker Homes
Group 360 Worldwide  - 2016 Name changed to We Are Alexander
Grubb Advertising, Inc.  1960 Branch of Champaign, Il agency
Guild Associates  1960?
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