Tepco "La Esperanza" Individual Teapot
Tepco "La Esperanza" Individual Teapot. Measures 3-1/2" diameter, 6-1/4" long from spout to handle & 3-3/8" tall. Hallmarked on bottom with Tepco China trademark. Excellent Condition; no chips, no cracks, no stains.
Ezequiel Moreno, a native of Zacatecas, Mexico, started a bakery in his home in 1918, and in the 1920s moved to La Plaza in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. He named the bakery La Esperanza, meaning hope. Soon it was frequented by customers across many segments of the Los Angeles community.
Outdoor neon marquee sign from La Esperanza, around 1950
The red, white, and green colors of La Esperanza’s sign reflect the Mexican heritage of Ezequiel Moreno, owner of the bakery. The anchor symbolizes hope and establishing roots in his new country.