I have recently discovered that my father Stanley George Goodey (born in 1916 in Fulham, London, England died in Hampstead London in 2007) went to the USA before he married my mother (in 1950 and I was born in 1951). He travelled on board the Queen Elizabeth departing 21 May 1948 from Southampton, arriving on 27 May 1948 in New York. He paid his own passage (which I understand would have been £56 or more one way) and gave his final destination as New York, New York.
He appears to have travelled "Cabin Class" and gave his occupation as Artist and appears to have intended to remain as a permanent resident in the USA. The passenger list also indicates that he had $50 on arrival.
Most of the others on the same page of the passenger list, who all appeared to be intending to stay permanently in the USA, gave family members as people they intended to stay with.
My father gave the New York Bank, Wall Street, New York instead, and his intended address is given as the YMCA on West 23rd Street, New York.
In the Immigration Visa Section of the arrivals data is recorded Sec 6a3 QIV 23355 with a visa issue date of 14 May 1948 in London.
He returned on the Queen Mary arriving in Southampton on 17 Feb 1949 with occupation given as Artist.
I am interested in finding out about the artistic scene in 1948 and 1949 in New York. I would like to find out more of what he might have experienced living in New York City for 9 months, assuming that is that he didn't travel anywhere else in the USA. I have speculated that he may have gone there to join the Art Scene at the time. My brother and I have many small pictures (about 1 metre by 600mm) created later in our father's life when he was about 70 with artists wax crayons that bear a certain resemblance to Jackson Pollock's art.
Any help to enable me to find out more about what my father would have been doing and experienced in New York would be very much appreciated.
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