Listening to Phil Schaap's podcast on Serge Chaloff (Feb 22, 2016), I came across a remark made by the renowned WKCR DJ who after playing a recording by Chaloff, called it a production of Motif Records, "a Boston obscure 78-era label".
However, one small correction regarding Schaap's remark is necessary: while it is true that the recording was done in Boston, it must be noted that Motif was a California label and not a Boston one. According to Cary Ginell, Motif Records (aka Motif Record) was run as a tax write-off by the oil millionaire Milton W. Vetter.
David Axelrod, in a interview which can be accessed here, called Vetter "one of the wealthiest men in California" who also gave Axelrod a job as sale manager and later on let him to produce his first record for which he picked his pal, Gerald Wiggins. [The opening track of the album is embedded below]
Gerald Wiggins (p), Eugene Wright (b), Bill Douglas (d); LA, Feb, 1957
I have no information on how the label ceased to exist but during the mid fifties, they released various 78 rpm records and also 33 rpm LPs including a hard to find album with drummer Max Albright as the leader which also featured Wiggins.
Small, independent labels are like poverty row film studios -- one can always dig treasures in their long forgotten catalogues.