I read other reviews saying when they received their frames, they were broken or had cracked glass, but none of the 9 frames that I ordered came in like that. The frames are called front-loading. Basically, you pop the glass out of the front of the frame a corner at a time, lay your picture in, and then put the glass back under the frame a corner at a time. I was afraid to stress the frame like it called for at first, but it was meant to be like that, and I didn't have any problems with cracking the frame or glass. The back has two nail holes, so you can hang the picture either vertically or horizontally. The frame is thin, not thick, so you can see your whole picture, which I think looks really nice. They are lightweight. These do not come with an easel for the back; you must hang them unless you make your own easel.