It's time to see what's changed, and what hasn't, over the past hundred years in B.C.
The annual Old and New Day is coming up on this holiday Monday at the B.C. Farm Machinery and Agriculture Museum in Fort Langley.
"We're going to take out half a dozen of our oldest tractors, and some of our oldest vehicles," said museum president Syd Pickerell.
From a Model T truck to steam-powered engines, some of the machines will be 100 to 150 years old.
They'll be put side-by-side with gleaming new examples of modern technology, from cars to cameras, phones to razors, so people can check out the difference.
"They'll be surprised that some things don't change that much, but other things change a heck of a lot," said Pickerell.
The museum has been hosting an annual Old and New Day for years, but as the volunteers continue getting donations and expanding the collection of pioneer artifacts, they keep coming up with new examples.
As August wound down, Pickerell was still talking to equipment and car dealers about bringing down some examples of their products to show off next to the antiques.
Some of the less recognizeable artifacts will include stationary engines.
These were steam or gas-powered engines that could be hooked up to a variety of attachments. They could saw wood, grind grain, or spin a sharpening stone.
Some of the larger engines were bought in shares by the farmers, then hauled from farm to farm on sledges and even set up to generate electricity.
One of the major differences that modern visitors will notice is that comfort is far more important in the design of farm machinery and vehicles.
"The basic design of a tractor really hasn't changed much," said Pickerell.
But the older tractors are open to the elements, and have hard, metal seats.
The oldest tractors were built with either a hard bench, or just a place for the operator to stand.
"Seats in a tractor were really kind of an afterthought," said Pickerell.
Old and New Day will be held inside and outside of the museum on Monday, Sept. 3.
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