In 1855, Allan Pinkerton founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Pinkerton devised the Rogues’ Gallery — a compilation of descriptions, methods of operation (modus operandi), hiding places, and names of criminals and their associates.
Inspector Thomas Byrnes of the late-19th-century New York City Police Department popularized the term with his collection of photographs of known criminals, which was used for witness identification. Byrnes published some of these photos with details of the criminals in Professional Criminals of America (1886).
At Rogues Gallery you wont find any criminals. Just a friendly group of the usual 'suspects' eager to drink and chat with you.
1. a police collection of pictures of photographs of criminals and suspects kept for identification purposes.
2. a line-up of "mugshot" photographs that might be displayed in the halls of a dormitory or workplace.
3. a group of unusual, shady, or surly subjects.
(rohgz gal-uh-ree) noun