Smith Carter was a railway porter, fireman, stationer and shopkeeper, but is perhaps best known now as a gifted amateur local photographer.
Many of his photographs can be viewed online at the Kirklees Image Archive site.
He also produced a series of hand-drawn semi-comic postcards depicting local towns and villages.
He was born in Kirkburton, the son of blacksmith Jesse Carter and his wife Sarah (née Smith).
By 1871, the family had moved to Crosland Factory, South Crosland, where Jesse worked as a smith in a local mill. By 1881, 16-year-old Smith Carter was working as a railway porter.
He married Emma Redfearn of Bank Buildings in Meltham, daughter of overlooker Solomon Redfearn, on 24 December 1887 at St. James, Meltham Mills. By that time, he was working as a fireman. The couple had four known sons:
At the time of the 1911 Census he was a shopkeeper and general dealer of Road Side, Netherton.
By 1930, he was the vice-chairman of the Yorkshire Rural Friendly Society.
Emma Carter died on 21 November 1932.
Smith Carter died aged 68 on 25 June 1933.