Nathan Hill wrote in Practical Fishkeeping: "The origins of the Dutch style came from the NBAT, the Dutch Society for Aquarists. Founded in 1930, it wrote articles on the hobby and at its peak had more than 24,000 members. Until 1956 it influenced thinking and the Dutch aquascaping style arrived
In that year the NBAT looked at determining the general guidelines on how a planted tank should look and what rules should be followed.
It continues to run an annual contest that encompasses many forms of the hobby, as well as what we know as Dutch aquascaping, with the judges visiting aquariums rather than relying on submitted photography.
There's no wood or rock in a Dutch set-up — so plant choice and positioning are vital."
The only thing different about dutch tanks that might differ from most aquarium of the era was the large amount of light used in a combination of fluorescent tubes and halogen spot lights well before the use of HID lamps.
Here is the first place winning tank in the Dutch category for the Dutch planted tank show in 2017: