Billboard Removed Near Cubesmart Development

Its parting message was anti-corporate graffiti.

Bad news for corporate death peddlers (see below): the billboard overlooking Lancaster Avenue near Old Lincoln Highway is gone. 

The billboard had been up for years—at least since Malvern Patch's launch in late 2010. It advertised, among other things, the option to purchase the land on which it was located. Its removal comes after the land was purchased by self-storage company Cubesmart to be developed for a corporate headquarters.

The sign's last message was a bit of graffiti about corporate death slogans and consumerism. It was painted over shortly before the billboard came down.

Regina DiLabbio Klugh King January 15, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Not the sainted billboard that once held the message to call 1-800-UrineMD? Almost as famous as the historic Guernsey Cow sign out in Exton! Well, it made for a few chuckles and possibly tinkles! :-)
Geoeray January 15, 2013 at 02:32 PM
It once had a giant Mickey Rooney advertising the Downingtown Inn "Resort"
Geoeray January 15, 2013 at 05:24 PM
The graffiti has always been better. Funny stuff.
Kristin Thomas January 15, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I also miss the old metal bus stop on the corner of Old Lincoln and Rt. 30. It' d held signs on the side as well. I am still curious about the history of those old metal bus stands. When were they installed, by who, and did anyone we know wait for the bus there? It seems like it was a popular thing in the late 60's maybe. They were all over the area, if not state. Pete, can you send me that photo of it again please?
Carole Buettner January 15, 2013 at 07:36 PM
That graffiti was done years ago. It was not new. Some derelict did it in between advertisements. Probably the same person that did it years ago on the billboard down the street near the Knoll payroll building,(Rep.Milne's old office). Too bad they weren't caught .
Pete Kennedy (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Kristin, it's in our neighborhood gallery. This link should go right to it, but if not, it's pic 62: http://malvern.patch.com/articles/your-neighborhood-gallery-185f5cb0#photo-12028616
Mike M January 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Born and raised in malvern The best graffiti still was on a sign entering Malvern coming in from the east that said " welcome to Malvern" and in spray paint under it said home of Ron Perkins. :)
Geoeray January 16, 2013 at 08:42 PM
How about "Mao and the Revolution" with some symbol attached, where did that guy go? Chairman?
J&L's Mom April 16, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Anyone know how come Malvern has so many billboards? More than any of the other towns along Route 30. It's sort of "low rent" looking, don't you think?
Regina DiLabbio Klugh King April 16, 2013 at 08:24 PM
To Kristin: We used to have a very efficient public bus service in this county (The Shortline) and perhaps those shelters were part of their doing. Could get outta town (for less than a dollar) to such exotic places like West Chester, Kennett Square, Oxford, Downingtown, Exton, Coatesville! Good luck nowadays. To J&L's Mom: Malvern had billboards back in the day when Route 30 was a primary connection from Philly in the East "out west" across the state -- did you ever see old barns with ads painted on them? Also, Malvern had more OPEN SPACE along the "Lincoln Highway" to display them! This was all B.C. Before Computers, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Don't compare the highway Malvern to the townies' Malvern! Just sit back, be patient and wait for real "low rent" looking to hit ye olde borough!!!! It'll happen soon enough.
Kristin Thomas April 16, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Thanks Regina. I'm not sure. I grew up out in the sticks of Owen J.Roberts and these bus shelters were every where (in the middle of farmland) and seemed to be related to the school district as many of my friends waited at them. Many of them are still there and in disrepair, as was the one on Rt 30. I would love to know the history of them, who paid for them, who owns them now, etc.


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