2020-05-30 02:13:41 UTC
died, there was a link in the obit to a video that those of us of
a certain age have probably seen on some TV documentary or another:
In keeping with the mysterious fact (as noted in the Wikipedia
page on the disaster) that there is no extant
imagery of the first moments of the fire, the video goes from
unremarkable scene-setting to the dirigible half-engulfed in
flames with a white flash (at 2:50). I glimpsed a momentary dark
shape in it. So I repeatedly dragged the progress marker back to 2:49
and then stopped the video to try to halt it in mid-flash. I was
able to capture four different nonblank frames that apparently
follow one white frame and whose screen shots are in the directory at
What's going on here? I posted a comment to the video's page
wondering if I was the first viewer in 82 years to notice the anomaly.
A few weeks later, I went back to see if there were any replies.
All the comments were gone and commenting for that video had been