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CanLab Microscope


This is a CanLab microscope in a wood box. The microscope has a curved arm with a vertical cylindrical eyepiece. At the base of the eyepiece there are three lenses on a rotating attachment. The stage has two thin arms attached by screws to hold a slide in place and a small lens in the centre. Beneath the stage, a round mirror is mounted on an semi-circular arm which enables it to be tilted to catch the light.

The wooden box is of light wood and has a plastic handle on the lid. Inside, wooden blocks are lined with felt to help support the microscope.

Accession Number: 2017.ihpst.36

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Metal, Plastic, Glass.


On the front of the body cylinder: “canlab No. 87309”

On the red objective lens: “canlab 87309” “40 0.6 5”
On the blue objective lens: “canlab 87309” “4 0.1 0”
On the yellow objective lens: “canlab 87309” “10 0.2 5”

On a sign on the interior of the door of the case:

Dimensions (cm): Box:


Enables a viewer to get a magnified view of a sample.


Good. The case has some scratches and marks. The lower hinge of the door is corroded and is covered with a blue-green powder. The microscope is dirty and dusty. It is apparently missing a small attachment that should be connected to a screw end at the focusing eye lens. The slide arms are somewhat bent from use.

Associated Instruments:

Manufacturer: Canlab (Bausch & Lomb)

Date of Manufacture: c. 1970


This microscope was owned by Robert (Bob) Timothy Stansfield Frankford (1939-2015), a physician, MPP and proponent of reform of health care in Ontario. (Obituary, [accessed 06/02/17].

This microscope was donated to UTSIC by Frankford’s wife, Helen Breslauer in January 2017.

Additional Information and References:

Historical Notes:

Although branded as a CanLab product, this microscope appears similar to microscopes manufactured by Bausch & Lomb in the 1970s.


  • Donated to UTSIC