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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
E.M. Reilly & Associates, Inc.  St. Louis Kentucky Fried Chicken Dealers (1972),
Results Advertising Company  1930?-
Ridgway Advertising Agency  1964 Ashby Corporation (1964), WIL Radio (1967), Hardy Salt (1967), Mineral Industries (1969),
Ridgway Company  1933-1959 Became Ridgway-Hirsch Advertising Company. Weber Jewelry (1933), Old Judge Coffee (1935), Dorothy Perkins Cosmetics (1935-36), Monite Mothproofing (1935), Nancee Hat Shops (1935), Burkhart Mfg. (1935), Blue Monday Household Cleaner (1935), Marsh Stencil Machine Co. (1936), Oakland Foundry (1936), Phelan-Faust Paint Co. (1938), Jemco Wood Heaters (1938), Angelica Uniforms (1938), Brauer Bros. Shoe Co. (1938), United Bank and Trust (1939), Tower Grove Bank and Trust (1940), Aviation Credit Corporation (1940), St. Louis Furnace Mfg - Home Comfort Furnaces (1940), Donna-Lo beauty preparations (1942), Coil Piston Rings (1942), Heil Packing Co. (1942), Hip-O-Lite marshmallow creme (1947), Honey-Dew ham and bacon (1948), KSTL Radio (1948), Ray Rixman Dodge/Plymouth (1948), Concordia Publishing (1949), Durlacque cleaner (1954), Oyster Shell Products (1954), American Zinc Sales Co. (1955), Sunrise Meats (1956), Emerson Electric (1956),
Ridgway, Hirsch & French, Inc  1961- 1964 Westview Realty's "Cedar Brook" and "Brookside" communities (1962), Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (1962), Lucky Stride Shoes (1962), Youngdale kids' shoes (1963), DeLong Jackets (1963), Morriison-Shults leather gloves (1963), Monsanto Agri-Chemicals (1964),
Ridgway-Hirsch Advertising Company  1959- 1961 Formerly Hirsch, Tamm & Ullman and Ridgeway Advertising. Became Ridgway, Hirsch & French Steam-O-Matic Corp. (1960), Wolfe Homes, Inc. (1960), Blanke-Baer Extract Preserving Co. (1960),
John Ring, Jr. Advertising Company   1925?- 1932 Became Jimm Daugherty, Inc. Advertising Cake Cone Co. (1927-), American National Life Insurance, Berry Dental Supplies, Ecker & Co. Stationery, Federal Molasses Feeds, Germo Poultry Products, Guth Lighting Fixtures, Killark Fuses, Kilgen Organs, Mercantile Trust, St. Louis Bank Building, Monarch Metal Weather Strip, St. Louis Oil Co., St. Louis Sticker Co., Streckfus Steamers, Swope Shoe Co.,J.D. Streett Lubricating Oils, Universal Traffic Control Systems
Gene Rison and Associates  1955? Trimfoot Company (1955), Farmington Industries (1955),
River Road Advertising  1995? Goez Instruments and Repair (1995),
Rivet  2007-2014 Become New Honor Society
Robert Falk Group  St. Louis Symphony (1983)
The Robert Stolz Group  General American Life Insurance (1990), The NFL Partnership (1990), Plaza Motors (1991), Hi Fi Fo Fum (1993),
Robust Solutions  2014- Once Films (2014); Robust Wine Bar (2014);
Rodgers-Townsend  Ameren (1998), Smith Hardware (1999), St. Louis International Film Festival (1999), Avenger (1999), St. Louis Symphony Community Music School (1999), St. Louis Speakers Series (1999), SBC Communications (1999), St. Louis University (1999), St. Louis Rams (1999), Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Missouri Baptist Hospital, Enterprise Holdings, Circus Flora (2001), St. Louis Black Repertory Theater (2001), Pleats Finest Cleaners (2004), Energizer (2004), The Dubliner (2005), Siever's Retrievers (2005), Energizer (2005), Outreach International (2005), Children's Hospital (2005), AT&T (2005),
Everett R. Roeder Advertising Agency  1931?
Roeder and Schanuel, Inc.  1925?- 1928?
Roesch-Weiss Advertising Agency, Inc  1977?
Roman Advertising Company  1946- 1967? Genie Cola (1947), Star Mfg. Co. (1947), Re-New-It Finishes (1947), Martha Manning dresses (1947), Angelica Jacket Co. (1949), June Patton dresses (1949), Bare-Foot Originals shoes (1952), Lewin-Mathes Co. (1952), Star Mfg. (1952), Union Biscuit Co. (1953), Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Co. (1953), Marsh Stencil Machine Co. (1954), Image slips (1955), Artemis (1955), Whistle and Vess beverages (1956), Empire Stove Co. (1956), Fred Rapp Supermarkets (1956), Queen Quality Shoes (1956), Independent Fish (1956), Eager Beaver Toothpaste (1956), Duke Mfg. (1957), Artcraft Venetian Blinds (1957), Dairy Queen (1957), Enterprise Cleaning Co. (1957), Brauer Bros. Shoes - Paradise, Paradise Kittens, Kittenettes and Confetti shoes (1958), Security-Mutual Bank & Trust (1959), National Home Owners Club (1959), Wellston Chamber of Commerce (1959), Central Hardware (1960), Carole King dresses (1963), St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel (1963), Contour Chair Lounge Co. (1963),
Ross Advertising, Inc.  1984 Mines Equipment Co. (1984), Lennox Industries (1987), John Deere (1991), Penalijo shoes (1992), Ralston Purina Pro-Visions, John Deere, First National Bank of St. Louis, Lodge of the Four Seasons
Ross-Gould Company  1912?- 1936? LeRoy Tent Co. (1927-), Blanke Tea & Coffee (1936-), Absorene (1912?- 37),
J.R. Roux  1928?
Rowell & Chesman  1874-? Name changed to Nelson Chesman & Company
Ruthrauff & Ryan, Inc.  St. Louis office opened 1925. (-1956?) New York HQ Central States Mfg., Great Eastern Tea and Coffee, Lockwoven Hosiery, Mexican-American Straw Hats, Norwine Coffee, Oliver Oil Burners, Kriss Kross Stroppers, Pevely Dairy (1933-), St. Louis Dodge Dealers, American Investment Company (1934-), Fashion Plate Shoes (1935-), Dri-Brite Wax (1935-1936), Hyde Park Beer (1938-1944?), Majestic Radio and TV Corp. (1939), Griesedieck Bros. Beer (1942- 1954), Rival appliance mfg. (1947), ChromeCraft tubular furniture (1949), Hollywood Candy Co. (1950), Banquet Canned Foods (1953), Airline Prune Juice, Sundaettes, Henri Sauce, Goodwin Jellies (1954), Griesedieck Bros. Beer (1955),
Rutledge & Lilienfeld, Inc.  1954-1961? Aristos Flour (1954), Ceresota Flour (1954), The Grove Co. (1954), KWK, KWK-TV (1954), Century Foods Cheese (1954), Big Top Peanut Butter (1955), Dining Car Coffee (1955), Colonial Sugar (1955), The St. Louis Review (1957), Heil Packing Co. (1957), Thorobred Dog Foods (1957), KTVI-TV (1957), Sayman Products (1958), Midland Bakeries (1958), Manhattan Coffee (1958), Katz Drug Co. (1959),
Granville Rutledge Advertising Agency  1953 American Cone and Pretzel Co. (1953),
Rutledge Advertising Company  1961? Federal Meat Co. (1962), DynaShine Shoe Polish (1962), Reardon Co. (1963), ITB Travel Services (1963), Cadbury Biscuits (1963), Mallory Buick (1963), Ashley Metal Forming Co. (1963),
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