Roma - Version 2.1.6
I could see the Luma theme images before installing Absolute but switching between Luma and Absolute I was able to get Luma to display most images. After playing around with Magento a bit (six days) I found that Absolute had its parent theme as Swissup/Absolute. Looked like an install hickup. I switched the parent theme to Blank and refreshed the caches and most things came up OK. I then switched back the parent theme to Luma and all images appeared in the correct location. Bonus!
The one drawback, none of the links on the bottom of the page would work on any theme. I have had to create them from scratch.
I am chalking it up to a bad install of Version 2 as I didn't even try Magento 2 until I installed the Absolute theme as it was the theme I was using on version 1.9.
Hopefully everything runs smooth from now on. Thanks for your concern.