1943 - 1950's
In 1942 Don Gabor enlisted in the US Navy and became a US citizen. In that same year he founded Continental Record Company Inc. in New York.
One year later Billboard lists the company's address at 263rd West 54th Street. Home Office Executives are Donald H. Gabor, President, and Mrs. Donald H. Gabor, Vice-president.
While serving in the navy, his uncle took care of the newly founded business. The catalog was small of course but would soon grow in significance as Continental was releasing 78 rpm shellac recordings with ethnic music aimed at immigrants of various nationalities.
Its catalogue included music by Cozy Cole, Edmond Hall, Sabby Lewis, Slam Stewart, Mary Lou Williams, Rubberlegs Williams, Ethel Waters, and classical artists Georges Enesco, Béla Bartók, and Andor Foldes. The label's name was revived briefly in the 1960s.