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Mary Ann Sanger holds up the first photo album in her 110-album collection, which her husband bought for her 25 years ago. Sanger's albums are bound in a variety of materials, including celluloid like the one she is holding, leather and velvet. 
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Mary Ann Sanger holds up the first photo album in her 110-album collection, which her husband bought for her 25 years ago. Sanger's albums are bound in a variety of materials, including celluloid like the one she is holding, leather and velvet. (The Spokesman-Review)
Cheryl-Anne Millsap Cheryl-annem@spokesman.com

A gallery of albums – from a time when photographs were unique and treasured family possessions – looks down from the walls in Mary Ann Sanger’s Spokane home.

Her collection of more than 110 antique elaborately decorated celluloid, leather and velvet photo albums are arranged on special shelves behind glass doors.

Her fist album was a gift from her husband more than 25 years ago. The soft yellowed cover is illustrated with the face of a young girl; a favorite Victorian motif.

When Sanger first started collecting, albums sold for between $65 and $125. Now, however, most sell for $200 to $300.

Online shopping has been an excellent source for Sanger. “I used to have to search for albums,” she said. “But the Internet changed that.”

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