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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
The Kalon Company  1926- Empire Electric (1926-), Norton Paints (1926-), Sampson Radios (1926-),
Kastner & Partners 
H.W. Kastor & Sons Advertising  1894- 39 St. Louis Ice Cream Co., Brooks Appliances, Regal Shoes, Puritan Malt Extract, La Palina Cigars, Orange Crush, Gossard Corsets, Regal Shoes, Q.R.S. Music Rolls, Wabash Railway, Southern Railway, Dr. LeGear's Poultry and Stock Remedies, Anti-Kamina, McLain Sanitarium, Staufer Washing Tablets, Cotton Belt Route, Herriott Shoe Polish, National Bedding Co.
Katz & Associates  1978? Dairy Queen (1978), Hood's Home Supply (1991),
Joseph Katz Advertising Company  1938?- 1939?
Katzif-George-Wemhoener & Savan  1963
Katzif-George-Wemhoener Advertising  1959- 1963 Became Katzif-George-Wemhoener & Savan Crawl-Inn (1959), Contemporary Arts, Inc. (1959), American Supermarket Advertisers, Inc. (1959), Thunderbird Hills subdivision (1959), Ed White Junior Shoe Co. (1959), Prudential Savings & Loan (1959), Office Machines, Inc. (1960), Thermo-Fax Sales, Inc. (1960), Microfilm Service Corp. (1960), Rhythm Step shoes (1960), Lullabies shoes (1960), Ozark Airlines (1960), Jo Collins sportswear (1960),
Howard C. Kee & Assocs. Public Relations  1976
Keller & Associates  Mary Engelbreit Ink (1990), Work Transitions (1991), Third Street Art Publishers (1995), Tuscany Premium Coffee Co. (1995), Heartland Futons & Fibers (1995), Frontenac Hilton (1996), Fat Tuesday (1996),
Kelly & Stuhlman, Inc.  1930s Christy Fire Brick (1935), A'Lure Toilet Goods (1935-36), Lutheran Laymen's League (1935-1937), Streckfus Steamers (1935-36), Merchants Ice and Coal (1935),
Kelly, Stuhlman & Zahrndt  1937- 1941 American Life and Accident Insurance (1938-41), Robin Hood Shoes (1938-41), Lutheran Laymen's League (1938-41), Pine Balm (1939-41), Democratic Campaign Committee (1940-41), Sayman Products (1941),
Kelly, Zahrndt & Kelly, Inc.  1941- 1991 American Life and Accident Insurance (1941), Robin Hood Shoes (1941), Lutheran Laymen's League (1941-42), Pine Balm (1941-42), Democratic Campaign Committee (1941-42), Visit St. Louis Committee (1942-52), Little Green Capsules (1944), Southern Host Liqueur (1945), Mrazek Moving & Storage (1952-), St. Louis Board of Education (1952-), Newberry Radio Company (1952-), United Van Lines (1963?), Chippewa Trust Co. (1963), Carboline Company (1963), Kellogg-Emmendorf Builders (1964), St. John's Bank and Trust (1984), Gundaker Realtors (1985), Margaret Caradine Wright Realtors (1987), Elder Cadillac (1989),
Kelly-Sanders, Inc.  1958? Chrysler Assembly Plant (1958)
Kelly-Sanders-Hinkel, Inc.  1968
Kenrick Advertising, Inc.  1975- 1989 Velsicol Chemical Corp (1975-1986), PDQ Shelving (1977), Land O'Lakes Agricultural Services (1980), DeLaval Feed Equipment (1980), Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of St. Louis (1980), Missouri Division of Tourism (1982), Missouri Division of Community Economic Development (1982), Union Pacific (1983), Elanco Products (1983), Production Credit Association (1983), Pasta House Company (1985), HealthCare Network (1985), Barnes Hospital (1985), KangaROOS (1986), Zorial herbicide (1986), Probe herbicide (1986), Mavrik insecticide (1986), Wendy's St. Louis (1987), Mark Twain Banks, St. Louis Sun, Kasko Dog Food (1988), Bow Wow Dog Food (1988), Charm Cat Food (1988), Enterprise Cellular (1988),
Kerlick & Switzer Advertising, Inc.  1980-1983 Became Kerlick, Switzer & Johnson. St. Louis Steamers (1980), Datamax Office Systems (1980), Lindbergh Cadillac (1980), Repertory Theater of St. Louis (1980), Sheraton-Westport Hotel (1980), Christopher Chevrolet (1981), Colortyme, Inc. (1981),
Kerlick, Switzer & Johnson  1983-1989 Franklin Computer Corp. (1983), Cybertel Cellular (1984), President Riverboat (1985), Pevely Dairy, Tele-Sav Long Distance, Germania Savings & Loan (1987), Mueller Co. (1987), Hunter Krey Meats, Monsanto Carpet Fibers (1987), Taco Bell-Seattle (1988), Diet Centers (1989),
Kerry Group 
Killebrew/Prange and Associates, Inc.  Mississippi Valley Equipment (1985), Springmeier Shipping Co. (1985), AllMilmo, St. Louis (1985), Missouri Baptist Hospital (1985),
Kilroy Advertising, Inc.  1952
Harold Kirsch Company, Advertising  1949- Imperial Kitchens Co. (1949), Heifetz Pickling Co. (1949), Fisher's Fleet Service Stations (1949), Self-Service Laundry Owners' Assn. (1950), Bardahl (1950), Worth's (1950), Dempster Furniture Co. (1951),
Kochan & Company  1987- St. Louis Symphony (1989), Raging Rivers Water Park (1990), Fairmount Park (1991), Gilbertson Chiropractic Centers (1991), Fletcher's Furniture (1995), Lifestyles (1995), St. Louis Vipers (1996), Lucius Boomers (1996), Laclede's Landing Merchants' Association (1996), John Stark Printing Co. (1997), Delta Dental (1999),
Koenigsberg, Edlin and O'Hare, Inc.  1939
Paul D. Kranzberg & Associates  1936?
F.J. Krebs & Associates, Inc. 
Kreps Wise Advertising Promotions  Villa Lighting (1990),
Krupnick & Associates  1944 Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America (1944), Design, Inc. (1944), Mesker Brothers Iron Co. (1944), Poll Parrot Shoes (1944), Marsh Stencil Machines (1944), G.S. Robins & Co. (1944), Roberts, Johnson & Rand Shoes (1944), Star Brand Work Shoes (1944), McCabe-Powers Auto Body Co. (1944), Dennis Chemical Co. (1944), Streelcote paints (1946), Lay-Tite paints (1946), Lee-Rowan Co. (1947), Sayman drug and grocery products (1947), Beatrice Mabie, Inc. (1947), Laurel Springs Bourbon Whiskey (1947), Celebrity Wines (1947), Trim Tred women's shoes (1947), Canvas Products Co. (1948), Magic Chef Gas Ranges (1949), Siegler oil heaters (1949), Mercantile Trust (1953), Griesedieck Brothers Beer (1954), Poll-Parrot, Trim Tred, Rand, Randcraft and Star Brand shoes (1955), Melmac and Branchell tableware (1956), Heineke & Co. (1956), Southern Comfort (1957), International Shoe Peters and Friedman-Shelby divisions (1958), Dairy Queen National Development Co. (1962), Golden Dipt (1969), Switzer Candy Co. (1979), Lemco Engineers (1982), Trebla Chemical Co. (1985),
Kuhl/Swaine  2011 St. Louis Blues (2013), Stifel Financial, Bass Pro Shops, Rawlings, Sports Authority (2015),
Kupper Advertising, Inc.  1983-1992 Merged to become Kupper Parker Don Darr Auto Group (1990), Missouri Department of Economic Development (1991), Sundance Silver and Hide (1991), Cencom Cable (1991),
Kupper Parker Communications  1992 Centermark Properties (1993), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Alvey Holdings, Mo. Dep't. of Economic Development, Price Chopper, Alton Belle, Zesto (1993), JaDee (1993), Royal Waterbeds (1994), Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken (1994), Crown Cable (1994), Futon Showcase (1994), United Industries (1994), Bagel & Bagel (1995), Magna Banks (1995), Illinois Centre (1995), Dobbs Automotive (1995), Boyd Flotation (1995), Charter Communications (1995), POSTnet (1996), Anheuser-Busch (1996), Imo's Pizza (1996), Express Scripts (1999),
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